Anime: 男子高校生の日常

男子高校生の日常クリアファイル

I found out about 男子高校生の日常/Danshi koukousei no nichijou/Daily lives of high school boys at Tokyo Anime Fair, which I visited with my friend Freija in March 2012. That’s where I got those nice marketing クリアファイル (clear files). I just love those. The plastic. The design. The boys.

Each episode is made up of a number of separate comical sketches from, well, the daily lives of high school boys.

It’s an easy watch and quite entertaining, especially since I like realism. And when anime is realistic, it’s super-realistic; it says BOSS on the coffee cans, they eat their onigiri and 7-Eleven sandwiches on the riverbanks, and they order from colorful plastic menus at their local family restaurant. It’s almost like anime realism is a sport; how detailed can you go? I’m impressed when it even says “Campus” on the notebooks – if you’ve been to the stationary departments of Yodobashi or Tokyu Hands, you know what I mean. Since most Japanese’ lives look very much alike, it must be extremely easy for them to relate. For me, it’s the excitement of getting a peek into the extrapolated daily lives of the Japanese, paired with the thrill of recognising parts of it.

However, since there is no overall story in 男子高校生の日常 (since it consists of shorter shetches), I never really got hooked on the series, never longed for the next episode.

I also thought the boys’ voices sounded a bit too old, as if a bunch of guys my age were voicing the teenage characters. Which seems to have been the case (see the list of characters below). I guess not all anime can be voiced by actual 14-year-olds.

 

Tadakuni

Tadakuni (タダクニ)

  • Age: 15-16
  • Height: 170 cm (5’7″)
  • Voiced by Irino Miyu (入野 自由), age 24

 

hidenori

Tabata Hidenori (田畑 ヒデノリ)

  • Age: 15-16
  • Height: 175 cm (5’8″)
  • Horoscope: Virgo
  • Voiced by Sugita Tomokazu (杉田 智和), age 32

 

yoshitake

Tanaka Yoshitake (田中 ヨシタケ)

  • Age: 15-16
  • Height: 172 cm (5’7″)
  • Horoscope: Virgo
  • Voiced by Suzimura Kenichi (鈴村 健一), age 38

 

president

President (会長)

  • Student Council President of Sanada North High.
  • Voiced by Ishida Akira (彰 石田), age 45

I’m at episode 8 of 12 now, watching an episode each night, sort of. And I love the ending theme. It always makes me smile:

Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba!

男子高校生の日常 is extremely popular in Japan and was voted the best anime of 2012 in a recent internet poll. Which also adds to my excitement; to watch something mainstream for a change!

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