Daily Lives of High School Boys Episode 1 - Ryodo Review

Daily Live of High School Boys... I honestly have no idea what to expect from this anime, since it's one of those kind of anime with an ambiguous nature, allowing Sunrise to come up with lots of random ideas for this series and still make perfect sense.

Wait, Sunrise? Aren't they the ones who created the Gundam series? Well yeah, apparently they created this anime too, thus proving to the community that they're capable of more than just giant robots going "pew pew pew" at other robots. Their sense of humour can be considered… tough as iron? Haha, I see what I did there.

Before the anime starts, we're greeted with this message:

To me, age isn't a factor at all if you're about to watch an anime series that has the potential to make you ROFL. And no, I'm not exaggerating here. But other than that, mild suggestiveness included. Do watch at your own risk.

Daily Lives of High School Boys is an anime about... well, the daily lives of 3 high school boys, namely Tadakuni (the supposed very-normal-looking main character), Hidenori (a bespectacled smart guy figure) and Yoshitake (carefree and blonde). Because of the fact that they're in an all boys' school, they are exceptionally awkward around girls. If anything, this sets the basis of the whole series.

The story of Daily Lives of High School Boys is told in short stories, usually with the phrase "High School boys and ______", with the blank being the main focus of the short story. To avoid spoilers, I will not talk about the stories, but rather how they are executed.

The story can be easily compared to Gintama or Lucky Star, mainly due to its random nature (even though I can honestly say Lucky Star is way more random) and the humour comes and goes whenever it feels like it. The main difference (and possibly the selling point of the series), however, is the fact that it unleashes its humour at you with full force, making you literally ROFL before going to a short break and giving you enough time to recover from your laughing fits. Rinse, and repeat. If that's not enough, allow the boys' awkwardness around girls be the icing on the cake.

Yeah... why? I have no clue myself, Tadakuni…

Being an anime, one of the most important aspects is the voice acting. Tadakuni is voiced by Irino Miyu (Syaoran from Tsubasa Chronicles), Hidenori by Sugita Tomokazu (Gintoki from Gintama) and Yoshitake by Suzumura Kenichi (Lavi from D.Gray-man). Needless to say, they are amazing, and portrayed the characters to levels that even I cannot comprehend. In short, IT'S OVER 9000!!!

Another interesting thing about this episode is that they include subtle but noticeable nods to other anime series. For example, in the beginning, giant robots that look like the birth child of RX-78 Gundam and Zaku would create havoc in the city. Another one I noticed was that in one of the stories, Tadakuni was shown reading a manga series called Yon Piece (obviously a parody of One Piece). There are other anime that include minor parodies, but none as subtly obvious as this. Wait, did that make sense?

What's wrong? Nothing actually, just… Hidenori's face, perhaps.

If you're a fan of random dry humour and wanting to know what high school life is like, then this anime is definitely for you. If not, just watching it for the lulz is good enough. I had a lot of fun watching this one, and I will certainly wait for the next episode to be out before I have another dosage of laughter. You know what they say, laughter is the best medicine.

Thanks to anibee for releasing this hilarious series and thank you for reading my review, and as always, may you Get Inspired Now!

- Ryodo

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