Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Alt title: Joshikousei no Mudazukai

TV (12 eps)
3.793 out of 5 from 752 votes
Rank #2,152

Bored out of her skull, Tanaka decides to give her friends some rather quirky nicknames, but they aren’t going to take her unflattering descriptions lying down. Sakuchi (who got saddled with “Ota” due to her nerdy otaku tendencies) and Saginomiya (dubbed “Robo” thanks to her deadpan personality) decide to call Tanaka “Baka” — and honestly? This should give you a pretty good idea of the shenanigans these three get up to. They’re at the height of their youth and they’re utterly ridiculous, eagerly and hilariously wasting away their days as high school girls!

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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commonxreaction
9

I just finished watching the final episode earlier today and this was the only show I ended up keeping up with week-to-week in the Summer 2019 season. There is no substantial plot to be spoiled, but there will be mention of at least a couple specific events and general antics. Mostly to touch upon the main character. So you could consider this to contain "light" spoilers. This was probably one of the funniest anime I've seen in awhile, definitely within 2019. So, keep that in mind, it's a comedy. It's supposed to be funny. For the most part episodes are situational and there is no real overarching plot. Viewers see, generally, a different story and different character interactions every episode. It's about the day-to-day mishaps of high school girls. It tells you what it is in the title. In regards to characters, there are quite a few. The first half of the series spends time introducing one to two new characters per episode. The great thing about this show is that the characters are pretty unique and the show goes out of its way to have all the characters get an equal opportunity to interact with one another. There isn't so much of a tier of characters who only ever interact with others within that teir -- the main characters don't only interact with other main characters. I found this to be one of the most exciting parts of this show. We get all these characters and at some point throughout the series they all interact with one another in both group and one-on-one settings. As I mentioned before, all the characters are pretty unique. The main character, Tanaka, takes it upon herself to nickname the other characters based on her own, random, discretion. In turn, she is referred to by the other characters as "Baka." The nicknames generally are supposed to be a character trait of said character, but at the same time, the way Tanaka behaves makes it seem like it was more on a whim. I mention this because from what I can tell while posting on the forums, the other review (at the time of posting this), and general internet reactions, Tanaka is not well received. The first few episodes I was the same way. However, she ended up growing on me quite a bit. In particular there were a few moments in the series when she interacted with Yamamoto and the cardboard cutouts, and her general lying to Loli, were some of the funniest moments in the series. At the end of the day, she's going to be a character you either like or don't like. She doesn't really have an inbetween. That being said, she's a great vehicle for the main character. Because of how she is she is able to fit into so many different situations and interact with so many other types of characters that make for an overall enjoyable experience. The voice acting was quite good in this series. I think the characters and voices all suited one another really well. And, more than that, the voice actors managed to breath a lot of life into the characters. There were more than a few times in which the tone of the voice acting and straining of voices reflected a particular emotion. There wasn't once in the series where I was like, "Man, are these people even trying?" In general, nothing about this series felt "forced." But, the most important thing: The OP song was the best song (imo) of the entire Summer 2019 season. That was a seriously addictive and upbeat tune. Even if you're going to give this show a pass, I would highly recommend looking up the OP and giving it a listen. It's titled: "Wa! Moon! dass! cry!" and is performed by part of the cast. This is another thing I really enjoy about this series. Getting the cast to perform the OP/ED of the show they are working on is a really nice touch. The animation and general sound were fine. As with just about all my reviews, I hardly touch on these two points. Nothing about the animation or background noise of this show seemed wonky or offputting. It was fine. Overall, this was a really fun ride and I think if you want to have a good laugh you should give it a chance. There is a lot of general comedy and you don't necessarily need to have any real knowledge of other things for specific jokes. Everything is setup and presented in house. One of the gems of the Summer 2019 season and something I think a lot of people, at the time of airing, missed out on. Hopefully this review will help some people who may be on the fence about whether they want to give this a shot or not.

AustinDR
5.3

Well, this was something. The series is about three childhood friends - Nozomu Tanaka, Akane Kikuchi, and Shiori Saginomiya respectively - attending the same class at high school. One day, Tanaka decides to give her friends nicknames; for Akane, it's "Ota" becacuse of her being a nerd; for Shiori "Robo" because of her emotionless demeanor. And such, they nickname her "Baka" because she is an idiot. Okay...the show isn't bad per say, but it's also something that I'm not largely fond for. There is no big story, of course at it just revolves around the titular girls' every day high school lives so nothing overall amazing. The show also suffers from repetition. Each episode goes like this: Tanaka tells her friends that she was going to tell them something amazing much to their annoyance; the "amazing fact" is wholly nonsensical; Tanaka does something stupid often at the expense of other characters...rinse and repeat. But I would give that a pass because some of the characters are enjoyable. Scratch that: some are. The animation is average but unimpressive, befitting the series. Voice work is again decent in some areas. My only issue is that the subtitles would often then to go through to quickly for me to read, but that's more of a minor gripe. The opening is very catchy, I'll give it that.  As for characters, it's a mixed bag. Starting with Tanaka. Tanaka is an idiot who does idiotic things and whose seeming only reason to exist is to be an utter nuisance to the other characters. And that is what she is. Tanaka is probably the worst character I have ever had the misfortune of being introduced to. Her voice is annoying; she acts like a total douchebag for no other reason than for amusement; and she never changes for the better. While annoying characters can be funny, here, there is nothing endearing about Tanaka. She is that bad of a character. I don't even begin to fathom why Ota and Robo have anything to do with her. Worse, I feel that one of the reasons as to why this show often varies is because it's being weighed down by Tanaka's presence. There are such things as lovable idiots, but this is not one of them.  Ota is slightly better. She is a level-headed otaku who tries to also be a manga author, and she also is deeply into BL. But that's mostly it. Robo funnily enough is probably one of my favorites of the show thus far but I can't really say why. Maybe it's her stoicness; or that she is some kind of mad scientist who's head is perpetually in the clouds. Or how she tends to be the deadpan snarker of the trio. Whatever the case, she is the best out of them both. As the series continued onward, you get introduced to more characters like Saku "Loli" Monoi who is unfortunately nicknamed that because she looks like a primary school student. Worse, she acts the part as the innocent child unintentionally such as still believing in Santa Claus or that babies were born when the parents to be write to the country's court to grant them one. She also lives with her grandmother of her own volition. It's...really touching. Hits really close to home for me. Or there's Minami "Yamai" Yamamoto, the resident chunnbiyou with delusions of grandeur and royally sucks at her academics. She is also pretty hilarious with how she uses this level of escapism to explain her poor performances in her grades and classwork. Kanade Ninomae is the boyish girl who finds herself unwittingly popular with the ladies and possesses a deep admiration for Robo. Lily Someya is the foreign exchange student and token lesbian of the setting who breaks out in allergic welts whenever she's around men, but somehow, Tanaka has the same effect on her. But my other favorite character of the series has to be Masataka Sawatari, the teacher of the trio of misfits. His funniest moment is when he introduces himself to his students and then bluntly explains that he was into college girls and then goes on a tirade about Japan's legal system. But I swear that I give this guy the upmost of respect. I mean, having to deal with bad students like Tanaka or Minami or all of the shenanigans that happen on a daily basis, and somehow not break down mentally...that takes some balls of steel.  So, with that being said, my final thoughts on the show? The show is not perfect as it has many problems that I feel keep it from being largely enjoyable such as with Tanaka herself, or how the comedy doesn't always hit. The show runs on a formula where you know that if you have X then Y must come afterwards. It can sometimes feel like an obnoxious watch, which is why I can't really recommend it. But the show did remind me of a few school animes like Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh, among others, so if you like those slice of life shows, then by all means, give this a try.

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