Daily Lives of High School Boys Blu-ray Review
Lives of High School Boys is a
pretty silly anime series in virtually every regard someone might
It's not your typical comedic hijinks show either as it attempts to
blend it's goofball humor with "slice-of-life" concepts that are less
common in regards to the anime art form. For these reasons, The
Daily Lives of High School Boys is
something apart from your typical high-school themed anime comedy.
series three primary characters are Tadakuni, Hidenori,
and Yoshitake. The three are incredibly close friends who spend most of
time together simply hanging out and it becomes clear these characters
basis for the "ordinary" high school boys of this production.
students goof off and act silly most of the time. They
attend an all-boys school. There are of course other characters as
including older classmen, friends, and girls from an all-girls school.
intersperses moments with the supporting characters and the main roles
ultimately bring even more comedy to the (metaphorical) table.
with animation by Sunrise (Cowboy Bebop), this is a
visually unique and interesting series. The
character designs were nicely done and seem distinctive enough so as to
feel confusing. The artwork in general is accomplished and there is
decent background art; something which adds an element of
dimensionality to the
art platform this show utilizes. The lush animation is not amongst the
currently found in anime, but it is certainly a stellar production
a lot of worthwhile and notable scenes.
direction and writing goes a long way to helping the
show succeed. Sometimes the mere writing of character-based dialogue
laughs (in combination with the excellent VA work as well, naturally). The show is simplistic in a lot of regards.
Sometimes comedy is in spades but while art remains relatively static.
times, of course, the animators seem so enthralled in their art-form
fluidity and style of the show excels beyond expectation.
series is not necessarily something many would define as
a "must see" show in that there certainly are a lot of anime series
already focused on high-school boys or high-school girls. I wouldn't
this show would find as large of an audience as a result. Especially
title that might actually make some viewers feel this could be a bland
generic comedy, as it doesn't exactly make one think this is going to
something all too different from the rest. The surprising thing is that
show actually is more unique than you might imagine at first.
good news and the word that should exist on this show is
that the series actually is unique; something special and that
creatively and seizes the opportunity for anime referential jokes on a
basis (such as in the early appearance of a few Gundam
robots, which would of course not belong on a slice-of-life
show at any given time: or the use of the "BGM" (Background Music)
pun when a school fight ensues at a concert, which plays on a concept
serious anime fans would get.
is a quality series and one which will entertain many
anime fans looking for something humorous with some quality characters
of bringing the sketches/scenes to their top quality effect. It's never
ambitious and it's not interested in telling an ongoing storyline.
Rather, The Daily Lives of High School Boys is
far more concerned with making audiences laugh, smile, and simply have
time while marveling in the beautiful simplicity it has offered in
Daily Lives of High School Boys features
a strong and noticeably proficient transfer in the
1.78:1 widescreen ratio, which preserves the original broadcast
show has some amazing animation and it is well represented by the
with the surprisingly high quality 1080p MPEG-4 presentation. The art
sharp, and well-defined.
2.0 linear uncompressed PCM
presentation preserves the show's audio with lossless mix encoding that
represents the best quality audio the show can seek to achieve. The
ever sound fully immersive without a surround sound option to be there
viewers, but a top quality lossless mix certainly doesn't hurt a
on the whole. Non-removable English subtitles are provided.
set features a few select bonus
scenes, clean opening/ending animation, and trailers from the Japanese
of the show. The biggest draw of all is actually not an on-disc extra
the incredible packaging by distributor NIS America, who have housed
in a collectible art-box with an included book showcasing art and
that is relevant to the show.
Daily Lives of High School
Boys is a
quirky, and unique high-school slice of life anime series and it is one
big-time anime fans will most likely enjoy experiencing the most. It's
show but it's also a quality one that
should greatly entertain fans. This new release
by the anime distributor NIS America is well worth picking up
fancy art-book and the box to accompany the show's release.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.