Daily Lives of High School Boys
|Daily Lives of High School Boys|
Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō anime Volume 1 BluRay Cover
(Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō)
|Genre||Slice of life, Comedy|
|Written by||Yasunobu Yamauchi|
|Published by||Square Enix|
|Original run||May 21, 2009 – September 27, 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shinji Takamatsu|
|Written by||Shinji Takamatsu|
|Music by||Audio Highs|
|Original run||9 January 2012 – 26 March 2012|
|Episodes||12 + 7 specials|
|Live-action television film|
|Directed by||Daigo Matsui|
|Released||October 12, 2013|
Daily Lives of High School Boys (男子高校生の日常 Danshi Kōkōsei no Nichijō?) is a Japanese manga series written by Yasunobu Yamauchi. The manga was serialized in the online magazine Gangan Online between May 21, 2009 and September 27, 2012, and was adapted into an anime television series in 2012. The production of a live action movie, based on the manga series was announced in 2013.
It is about three high school boys and what they do in their everyday lives. It also shows the daily lives of other high schoolers. Many of their days envolve childish antics and teenage male problems.
- Tadakuni (タダクニ Tadakuni?)
- Voiced by: Miyu Irino
- Actor: Masaki Suda
- A student in Sanada North Boys High who acts as the straight man of the group. He is usually involved in Hidenori and Yoshitake's wild ideas despite his disapproval. He is good at telling "ghost" stories, though most of the time he makes them up. He has a younger sister whom he hardly talks to and is stronger than him and his friends. He also works part-time at a pizza restaurant. Despite being introduced like a main protagonist, he gets the fewest roles of the trio. In the anime, it is explained that he was there for most of the trio's adventures, but even though the show is about the daily lives of high school students, the editors only want the 'interesting' lives of high school students. He is thus cut to save time. His last name is never revealed.
- Hidenori Tabata (田畑 ヒデノリ Tabata Hidenori?)
- Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita
- Actor: Ryo Yoshizawa
- The glasses-wearing character of the main trio and also a student of Sanada North Boys High, he is the one that usually gets the group involved in his crazy schemes. He used to be bullied in the past until he was saved by Rubber Shooter. His older brother, Yūsuke used to be the ringleader of the group until he went off to college. He is also always the main target of literature girl.
- Yoshitake Tanaka (田中 ヨシタケ Tanaka Yoshitake?)
- Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura
- Live actor: Shuhei Nomura
- The dyed hair character of the main trio, he usually goes along with Hidenori's scheme much to Tadakuni's disapproval. He was Rubber Shooter in the past and had fought with Habara along with Yanagin and Karasawa in that identity. Back in elementary school, he had many embarrassing moments that his friends had mistaken to be for Mitsuo. He has a violent sister who is a year older than him.
Sanada North High School
- Toshiyuki Karasawa (唐沢 としゆき Karasawa Toshiyuki?)
- Voiced by: Yūki Ono
- A member of Sanada North High student council, he is stiff and kind but can act lecherously at times. He is also Habara's neighbour and is a target of Yanagin and Ikushima's harassments during the Funky High School Girls meetings, but he always has ways to deal with them. He also has a facial scar between his eyes that he got from the Archdemon when he was in elementary school, which he covers with a cap. Since then he has been fearful of Habara.
- Motoharu (モトハル Motoharu?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
- A member of Sanada North High student council. He has an intimidating look that is often mistaken as a delinquent, although he is actually gentle and shy. He was bullied by his older sister since he was young, however he gives in and maintains a good relationship with her. Although his older sister usually cooks dinner for him, he can actually cook better than her.
- President (会長 Kaichō?)
- Voiced by: Akira Ishida
- Student Council President of Sanada North High. He lets the vice-president handle most of the student council tasks. Despite his good looks and charisma, he is a bit of an idiot and is usually ended up being pushed aside.
- Vice-President (副会長 Fukukaichō?)
- Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto
- Student Council Vice-President of Sanada North High. His dyed hair, tanned skin and old appearance are often mistaken for an old-time delinquent, but in reality he is kind and gentle. He did however used to be wild as his appearance suggests, but this changed after he was invited into the student council by the current president. He is actually a year younger than the other council members and he becomes president after they all graduate.
- Mitsuo (ミツオくん Mitsuo-kun?)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Classmate of the main cast and is an idiot yet innocent most of the time. He once trains with Hidenori to get into the soccer team but ends up playing rugby as a regular. His classmates always talks about his embarrassing moments in school even though they are not always actually his.
Funky High School Girls
- An alternative female version of the High School Boys, which is usually featured near the end of the episode. Some of them often appear in the regular show but without eyes like Tadakuni and Yoshitake's sister.
- Yanagin (ヤナギン Yanagin?)
- Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi
- The bespectacled and tomboyish girl of the group. She is good academically and proficient in karate. Full of crazy ideas and prone to violent outbursts. She was once part of the elementary school's strongest warriors to fight against Archdemon. After the battle, she was selected to monitor Habara and ended being friends with her until now. She attends Sanada Central High.
- Ikushima (生島 Ikushima?)
- Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō
- The twin tails of the group and also a student of Sanada East Girls High. She usually goes along with Yanagin and her wild ideas.
- Habara (羽原 Habara?)
- Voiced by: Yukana
- The most normal high school girl of the group but not quite so in the past. Back in elementary school she had a fearsome look and was a huge bully in the neighborhood, earning her the moniker Archdemon. She was also responsible for Karasawa's facial scar and seeks to make it up to him even though he despises her. Even now, despite usually acting normal, she still thinks fighting needs no rules and should be to the death. She attends Sanada West High and is acquainted with Yassan.
- Literature Girl (文学少女 Bungaku Shōjo?) Yassan (やっさん Yassan?)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
- A beautiful and soft-spoken long haired girl from Sanada West High which is a novel writer who is usually seen at the river bank looking for people who might fit into the role of her novel. She seems to be interested in the trio, particularly Hidenori, who has the most encounters with her and amuses her with novelly lines the most (or at least, tries to). She's also extremely clumsy, over imaginative, and often making a fool of herself. Although her real name was never truly revealed, those who know her addressed her as Yassan. It is hinted that she may have feelings for Hidenori.
- Ringo (りんごちゃん Ringo chan?)
- Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
- The Student Council President of Sanada East High. She is full of pride and has a short temper. But she is a bit of an airhead, which leads her to getting tricked very easily, like mistaking Karasawa's snoring for a cat's meow and standing on a step ladder in the Sanada North High Student Council Room to connect an internet cable to an intentionally misplaced router just so the Council could look at her panties from underneath. She becomes fairly close with Sanada North High Student Council and hints at signs of feelings for their president. She's actually popular and is usually hit on, much to her ignorance.
- Tadakuni's younger sister (タダクニの妹 Tadakuni no Imōto?)
- Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki
- Addressed by Yoshitake's older sister as "Mei-chan". A girl who always appears faceless and loathes Tadakuni and his male friends, but is often caught eavesdropping on their conversations. She acts violently towards her brother and his friends, though she favors Karasawa. She attends Sanada Central High.
- Yoshitake's older sister (ヨシタケの姉 Yoshitake no Ane?)
- Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu
- The faceless, short-haired sister of Yoshitake who does not get along with her brother. Strong and violent, she is the ringleader of the girls who shave off Motoharu's beard. She went to Sanada Central High before graduating half way through the show. She is also highly concerned about not getting a boyfriend. She has a crush on Hidenori's older brother, Yūsuke, who calls her "Tanaka".
- Mino (ミノ Mino?)
- Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu
- Motoharu's older sister. She is always seen asking Motoharu what to have for dinner and usually cooks for her brother since their parents are not at home. She gets along well with Motoharu unlike most of the other siblings (even though she also loved to bully Motoharu in the past). She went to Snada West High before graduating half way through the show.
- Takahiro Matsumoto (松本 たかひろ Matsumoto Takahiro?)
- Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo
- He is the classmate of Yassan. He also lives close to Habara's home and was bullied by Habara in elementary school. He often talks about girls with his classmates from Sanada West High
- Nago (奈古 Nago?)
- Voiced by: Junko Minagawa
- Fellow part-timer at the same pizza place that Tadakuni works for, she has a complex for her looks. When she takes off her glasses and opens her eyes wide, her reflection from a convex mirror makes her look like a completely different person. She goes to the same school as Yanagin and holds the position of number one grade-wise, while Yanagin is number two.
- Yasunori (康典 Yasunori?)
- Another coworker of Tadakuni's at the pizza restaurant. He claims that he is pretty popular and, like Tadakuni, hopes to one day see the girl in the convex mirror one more time.
- Yūsuke Tabata (田畑 ユウスケ Tabata Yūsuke?)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai
- The older brother of Hidenori and former leader of the main cast. Yoshitake's older sister, Tanaka, has a crush on him, but he prefers not to get close to her. He tries to set Tanaka up with one of his college friends, but has difficulty since almost all of them are perverts.
- Mr. Tabata (田畑 さん Tabata san?)
- Hidenori's father. Supposedly he wanted to be a pilot when he was young. He's pretty blunt and turns out to be just as thick headed as his two sons.
- Yukana (由香奈 Yukana?)
- Voiced by: Madoka Yonezawa
- A rich young lady that appears for a short sketch after the ED song of Episode 2. She has a crown tooth that her butlers (Nagase, Asano, and Toyogawa) are afraid will fall out.
- Emi (絵美 Emi?)
- Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi
- A girl with tanned skin who met Hidenori during a summer when he went to visit his grandparents. She spent the summer hanging out with Hidenori and Kiyohiko and developed feelings for Hidenori. Just before she was going to confess her feelings, Hidenori revealed that, unbeknownst to her, they are actually cousins.
- Kiyotaka (清隆 Kiyotaka?)
- An old friend of Hidenori and Tadakuni. He currently goes to Chuuou High School.
- Principal (プリンシパル Principal?)
- The principal of Sanada North High is a very nice old man who refuses to turn his students away even if he doesn't know the answer to their questions.
- Nameless Characters
- Some recurring characters don't have names, like the Funky High School girls' sempai who tries but ultimately fails to make Yanagin and Ikushima to be cute; Yassan's classmate who enjoys rejecting guys on the train (and also ends up accidentally thinking at one point or another that each member of the main trio likes her); Mitsuo and Motoharu's two fellow classmates/close friends, and avid video game fans, who they've (as well as Hidenori and Yoshitake) known since elementary school; Takahiro's closest friend who talks to him about girls; The main trio's sensei; and Ringo-chan's fellow council members.
Tin Salamunic of The Game Scouts praised the show's irresistible characters, beautiful art style and superb humor by saying, "Daily Lives of High School Boys is an interesting show because its unique humor is so appealing, viewers that may not even like Anime should take notice. It mocks the genre…and it embraces it. It’s a wonderful mix of satire and slapstick comedy that’s thoroughly entertaining and charismatic." (Full Review: http://www.thegamescouts.com/2013/08/daily-lives-of-high-school-boys-premium.html)
The manga was first published by Square Enix in the web magazine Gangan Online between May 21, 2009 and September 27, 2012. Seven tankōbon were later published in 2010 and 2012. The first tankōbon was published on February 22, 2010, and the seventh - on September 27, 2012.
The manga was adapted to anime in the end of 2011. Eight five-minute pilot episodes were released on the Japanese anime website Nico Nico Douga from November 3 to December 22, 2011. All eight of them were included in the television anime series aired later. The first episode of it aired on January 9 in Kantō region via TV Tokyo and the last, 12th, on March 26, 2012. Each episode is about 25 minutes long and consists of several skits, which are mostly independent stories. The anime's opening theme song was "Shiny Tale" by Mix Speakers, Inc and the ending song was "Ohisama" (おひさま?, Sun) by Amesaki Annainin. Before the anime aired, the ending theme song was originally "Hikizan" (引き算?, Subtraction) by Jinkaku Radio but it was immediately pulled by Square Enix after the band's lead singer Yuki insulted voice actress Yui Horie on his blog.
Live action movie
A live action adaptation was announced on April 16, 2013 with Daigo Matsui, the director of Afro Tanaka taking on the project. Filming began in January with Showgate planning to release the film in Japan during fall 2013. The cast includes Masaki Suda as Tadakuni, Shūhei Nomura as Yoshitake, Ryo Yoshizawa as Hidenori, and Louis Kurihara as Saino. The film will tell a story of the boys' school holding a joint school festival with the neighboring all-girls high school.
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