Wait, let me reword that.
I don’t like slice of life anime. I find that most of them have feature idealistic portrayals of highschoolers. There’s nothing interesting about these pre-packaged ideals.
So imagine my surprise when a gag show like Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou turns out to be one of the more accurate portrayals of highschool life I’ve seen in an anime. Except, there isn’t a lot of talk about sex or porn. Yes, there’s a lot of exaggeration behind the show, but it’s not hard to see what they’re trying to get across. I think the lack of guys talking about porn or boobs is refreshing because at this stage, every stereotypical highschool boy in anime wants to put his dick in a hole. It’s nice to watch something where the guys don’t always think about losing their virginity to a girl who looks like Tina Yuzuki or an AKB48 idol.
Nichibros does something interesting in this week’s episode. It goes out of it’s way to portray highschool girls being incomprehensible, obnoxious, insecure and self-absorbed but at the same time they’re competitive and have a lot of pride. Normally in anime, these traits are easier for people to associate with boys.
Ringo in particular, is bent on beating the highschool boys because there are high expectations placed on the girls. Something along the lines of ‘You guys should be better at this stuff!’. Maybe I’m reading too much into this but I find it amusing that while the guys outdid the girls in the festival, Ringo managed to beat the President in a fist fight.It’s also nice to see that while the guys are capable of being neat and mild mannered. These guys don’t always have the courage to speak what’s on their mind (not to mention the girls go on about how depressing it is to hang around them and how they try to act tough). The president (voiced by Akira Ishida) claims that he doesn’t hit girls as he loses to Ringo, but if you watch the fight again I’m pretty sure he wasn’t being completely honest and said that to save his pride. Then there are guys like Yoshitake who avoids talking back to a girl who is constantly putting on airs while Toshiyuki ignores the girls who are verbally harassing him by giving them snacks.
Last year my number one anime was Level E, a sci-fi comedy anime. My favorite comedy anime shows aren’t the ones that make me laugh out loud all the time. I like the ones that don’t always concern themselves with the punch line and actually have something else to offer other than crazy hijinks. Yes, I’m guilty of laughing at shows that have a lot of toilet humor, but in the end of the day– that’s not always enough to make them memorable.
Nichibros stands out because despite the overblown situations, there’s an ounce of reality in there. You can watch this show and think: “Oh yeah, something like this happened to me once!” or “Wow, are they making fun of that other anime show?”One of the more heartfelt segments in the latest episode showed Tadakuni seeking advice from Nago, a girl he works with in a pizza place. The conversation itself flowed naturally and addresses how difficult it is for teenagers to open up to even their closest friends. I like how every character in this show isn’t a stereotype, but Nago is particular is really cool. She’s incredibly frank, calm and insightful for her age. Following the traditional laws of beauty in anime, Nago isn’t the most attractive girl out there but who cares? She’s awesome and she knows it.