One of my blogging traditions is on the 26th December, once all my 12 days posts are done, I write a list of moments that caused me to rage. This year I’m struggling to come up with a half decent list. It’s not like there hasn’t been a lack of great examples of terrible writing this year. The difference this year is they didn’t make me angry or rage or anything like that. At most, I scoffed at them, which is hardly a strong reaction. I feel like I’ve been a lot less angry this year when it comes to anime in general. I’m going to put this down to Daily Lives of Highschool Boys existing.
When writing my season preview for last winter, I balked at Daily Dudes. We just had a second season of Kimi to Boku announced, a travesty of a show because it’s basically the exact same crap about a bunch of boring sods doing absolutely fuck all that anime had been shitting out over the past few years. Worse though, it showed signs that this genre was starting to creep into other areas of anime. If they were now making anime about a bunch of guys being insufferably nice to each other, what next? I could have written it off as a once off, and indeed I did, until I saw Daily Lives of Highschool Boys appear over the horizon.
So I snapped. “Seriously? This is a thing now? Cute boys doing cute things?” – “You’re all a bunch of fucking shallow morons” – “you bunch of fucking halfwit shitfaces”. So on and so forth. Guilty Crown was in the middle of airing. Black Rock Shooter was on the horizon. I was Mad about Japanese Cartoons. This is not want I wanted to see.
But we all know how this ends. Nichibros was not that. In fact, it was a direct satire of the very thing I thought it was going to be. It pointed and laughed at the likes of K-ON, Lucky Star and Hidamari Sketch. Plus for good measure, as if I wasn’t already collapsing on my floor in spasms of ecstasy, they then proceeded to mock the self-important pretentious romances that shoujo romances with their Literature Girl segments.
I needed Daily Lives of Highschool Boys. I needed some recognition from anime itself that it too knew how bad that material was and that it would continue making the anime I like. Even when stuff like Accel World or Acchi Kocchi came along, I no longer got (too) mad. Daily Lives of Highschool Boys exists. God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world.