Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Daily Lives of High School Boys - Episode 6

Everyone's favourite high school boys are back for another instalment of fun and frolics, but never mind that - there are more pressing questions at hand.  For starters, why are there no such thing as magical boys?  Or does Harry Potter count as one?  Enquiring minds want to know.

With that little aside kicking off proceedings, we're treated to another menagerie of short skits this week - we have what pretty much amounts to a public safety announcement as to why you shouldn't ever ask a girl why she's always on her own at Christmas (or Valentine's Day for that matter), a bit of retro gaming discussion interrupted only by a rather massive administrative error on the school's part and some boy problems for Tadakuni's sister - a problem she seems all too keen to use violence to resolve.

In fact, come to think of it girls take up rather a large portion of this week's Daily Lives of High School Boys - Ringo comes to the student council problems with concerns about her size before almost being distracted by the mere prospect of a cat being in the vicinity while our "funky high school girls" attempts to arrange a boyfriend for one of their number goes horribly wrong.  Back with the boys, new entrant Mitsuo attempts to show off his footballing prowess to no avail, while the student council's overly helpful nature continues to be a pain in the backside for them.

Given that last week provided perhaps the pinnacle of this series thus far, it's inevitable that this week's instalment of Daily Lives of High School Boys wouldn't quite be able to live up to the high bar set by its immediate predecessor.  Even so, this episode still provides a smattering of decent laughs and yet more sharp and biting digs at its high school girls as it posits them as being incredibly bitch, a little dumb and incredibly violent - all facets which are hopefully an indicator of stereotypical high school male assumptions about them and insecurities towards them rather than anything more malicious.  Still, even when it isn't firing on all cylinders this show continues to be a pretty fun and entertaining one to watch, although I do worry that it might start to run out of steam before the series is up.

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