Play It Cool, Guys

Alt title: Cool Doji Danshi

TV (24 eps x 15 min)
2022 - 2023
Fall 2022
4.063 out of 5 from 1,396 votes
Rank #764

Enter: a bunch of cool guys who look like they got that unapproachable swag. But let's be real—that's not the true them. They're just a bunch of dorks who've got the act down pat. So sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy watching a bunch of goofy guys try to look cool all day every day. 

Source: Yen Press

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3S Review no. 80 (short, simple and salty/sweet/spicy) I sometimes can appreciate and enjoy a simple premise that simply delivers what it promised, a bunch of klutz guys, trying to play it cool. And that is all there is to it. It is a simplistic as it sounds and you know if you gonna like it or not from the get go, it is honest. I liked the premise, even though I am the exact opposite of a klutz, in fact I wish my movements could be more relaxed, alas, that’s what martial arts from a very young age do to you, in fact what keeps happening to these guys, is such a rare occurrence for me that it happened once more than 10 years ago and I still remember it to this day. I was in a club while on vacation, and somehow, someway when I went to light up my cigarette, in between the talking, joking and all the staff, I had it on my lips the wrong way around with the filter facing outwards. Then a stranger next to me points that out right before I light it, and I instantaneously play it cool saying that I am used to smoking filterless but the store didn’t have them. That was a half lie of course cause yeah I did like that specific brand filterless and the store didn’t have it, but I’m not used to that cause I smoke tobacco, I rarely buy ready rolled cigarettes. I just messed up, and played that off, exactly like the four guys of the show do, my buddy of course next to me who knows very well that I never blunder like that, and that it was a lie, was crying from laughter. Now, after I completely chewed up your time with my boring story let’s continue. So, some of the people I love the most in world this are exactly like these four guys, and they are absolutely lovable. So I did like the simplistic story beforehand, the first couple of episodes where they present the different way each one tries to walk off their clumsiness, along with the short length and the chill narration are quite enjoyable. Here is the thing, for how long can such a simple thing keep being enjoyable or entertaining remains to be seen. Personally I can’t imagine it lasting for long, and after watching the first 7-8 episodes, I have a bad feeling that this may turn into a gay orgy very fast. If that happens I’ll be very very disappointed, since what I thought was just a charming, simple and relaxing show will be just another uninteresting romance. Especially the episode where Takayuki randomly invites (a complete stranger) Hayate to go at the cafe cause he doesn't feel comfortable to go alone is really worrisome, both in terms of future content and in terms of the quality of the writing. Its presentation is not great obviously, but it doesn’t have to be, it is as simplistic as the premise, it gets the job done. Sound is on the same boat, it is simple and it does its job. Voice acting is really fitting and it really helps the delivery of the… lets say comedy. So, is it worth a watch? Well, this is not a show claiming any kind of artistic value, it’s a simple idea, presented in the most chill and simplistic manner, if you like the premise, then yes, just go for it, what you see is what you get, bunch of klutz guys playing it cool, the episodes are short and relaxing, if anything you gonna enjoy the introductory ones for sure. Then drop it if it doesn’t work for you, I’m still on the verge, I did enjoy the early episodes but it already feels stale, only time will tell.


This anime is about 4 (later becomes 5) guys who are super clumsy and mess up a lot, each one has a different way of looking at these frequent accidents. I'll start by saying I could relate so much, and enjoyed this anime immensely. The show has this funny and lightheaded way of looking at these accidents, and it's really starting to stick to me and make me develop a more chill outlook on life. Just the other day I squeezed a packet of gel too hard (again) and it shot out and spilled all over the floor. Last time it happened I was upset, but this time it reminded me of the funny guys from the show and made me smile instead 😊 In the show the guys are also viewed by their environment as cool and appreciated for their strengthes instead of judged for their clumsiness. It made me feel hopeful about my own situation- maybe I too am considered cooler than how I see myself.. All in all, the show was amusing and fun, I laughed out loud plenty of times. I didn't find it boring at all, but I do like slice of life in general, so if you can't stand slice of life maybe this isn't the show for you. The characters were super likeable- I really liked every single person on this show. No drama or any douchebaggery at all, too. I decently liked the first opening and ending, but I loved the second ones and never skipped them. I'm also watching the drama now and I recommend it as well- the slightly bad acting bothered me a bit at some point but all in all it's still great. Waiting for the last episode to air!

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