The positive buzz surrounding Daily Lives of High School Boys, or Nichibros as it is often called for brevity’s sake, has slowly coalesced from a low drone to a full screaming auditorium of accolades. Well okay, that’s going a bit far, but it has still been a consistently funny series in a season starved for comedy, and that alone would be worth giving it praise. And, strangely enough, it manages to create realistically negative personality traits for the characters in the process, which is something that comedy anime generally doesn’t tend to do as a rule of thumb. As anybody who’s watched will testify, this particularly (and delightfully!) holds true for a perennial favorite subject of anime/fantasies of a lusty sort: High school girls.
Week after week, I’m astounded by how perfectly it captures the actual personality of most high school girls in comparison to other series. While others have the excuse of being idealized fantasies for certain audiences, it’s still refreshing to see a show that paints a group of high school girls in a less than pristine light, rather than continuing to depict them as a shining beacon for all that’s good and moeblob in mankind. There’s still the archaic preconceived notion that men, particularly teenage boys, are always more prone to act childish or perverted when compared to their female counterparts, who are of course have infinitely more delicate sensibilities. And nothing could be further from the truth (Well, at least the part regarding female sensibilities), as anybody who’s done a stint in high school for any length of time will tell you.
The irony of this is that the girls in Nichibros, despite being all kinds of crude, are many times more appealing than their perfectly boring moe counterparts. It’s reached the point that the “High School Girls Are Funky” segments at the end are my most anticipated moments, half to hear mock-complaining how the show isn’t truly fitting into the “Show about high school girls doing cute things” genre, and half for the rest of the uproarious dialogue/piss-taking. Though the rest of this episode had enough psychotic high school girls to make this an exceptional entry in the series.
In the end, I hope what’s on display here becomes more of a trend in anime, at least as far as character archetypes are concerned. Funky high school girls are just as moe as their non-funky counterparts, after all, and they deserve to be given more shows to strut their stuff. Or leap at the ground for stale candy. Okay, just jumping at stale candy, because that shit’s hilarious.