It's... Exactly What It Says on the Tin.Daily Lives of High School Boys (also known as Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, literally meaning Daily Lives of All-boys' High School Students) is a slice-of-life comedy web-published manga from Yasunobu Yamauchinote Many suspect that he is also the prominent Touhoudoujinshi artist Bomber Grape.. It follows Yoshitake, Hidenori and Tadakuni, three perfectly normal students at an all-boys' high school and their not-so-normal (read: side-splittingly hilarious) daily routines, and frequently applies several lampshade hangings and parodies of anime tropes.The Sunrise-adapted anime version premiered in January 2012 and has been licensed by NIS America.In September 2012 the author abruptly ended the manga. There was no announcement prior to the last chapter nor did that chapter offer any kind of wrap-up to the story. The reason for the cancellation remains unknown. The artist has since begun working on Zai x 10, indicating that an un-cancelling is unlikely.In April 2013 a live action film adaptation starring Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider Double), Shuhei Nomura (GTO live action movie) and Ryo Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze) as Tadakuni, Yoshitake and Hidenori, respectively. This was initially presented as an April Fools Day joke from Square Enix but filming had already began in January with a scheduled release date of October 12, 2013.Not to be confused with that other Nichijou that's very popular on certain imageboards.
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High School Boys and ... in episode 12; the only non-Funky skit that is not based on manga.
Interestingly enough this has generated a fair bit of discussion, as the punchline to the skit as presented in the anime (incredibly similar to the start of a skit way back in episode 4) makes it seem that 9 of the 12 episodes of the anime never happened, invalidating all of the characters introduced since then. This is strictly anime-only, as the setup in question, with Tadakuni lying alone at home reading, does not appear in the manga.
In the un-animated skit High School Girls Are Funky — Tolerance, Yanagin again dared NAGO to test how long can they stay in the sauna. While most of the skit showed Yanagin winning it turned out Yanagin passed out first and the previous pages were dreamt while she was unconscious.
All Love Is Unrequited: In order to maintain the No Hugging, No Kissing environment of the series, the creator actively sinks any possible hints of romantic pairings — so Hidenori thinks Literature Girl is a weirdo, the Convex Mirror Girl is an illusion, Emi is Hidenori's cousin, and Karasawa is Habara-phobic. This does not prevent others to ship, though.
All Men Are Perverts: The three main guys and Hideonri's brother Yuusuke have all stolen Mei's (Tadakuni's younger sister) lingerie at some point.
Big Eater: Lampshaded, discussed and parodied within the context of whether or not a girl who's a big eater would be cute. First, Takahiro and his friend talk about how (among many other strange physical and personal qualities) a girl who eats messily would be cute only for reality to ensue as a girl walks by with a hamburger smeared all over her face and find them both repulsed. Later, Hidenori and Yoshitake agree (after some deliberation) that for a girl to have to eat a lot wouldn't be cute by itself, but her trying to hide the fact from others would be.
The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Variation. in High School Boys and Frankfurter the titular frankfurter manages to spear three different characters with its pointy end despite being tossed around randomly.
In Episode 1's High School Boys and Scary Stories (1), Tadakuni tells a story about drinking at a friend's house. Not alcohol, of course.
In Episode 2's High School Boys and Traditional Events, the three guys and Karasawa go to the principal and discuss the school's 70-hour fast tradition. The latter, having only been on his position for three years but unwilling to leave them in the open, makes up a story about how, back in 1984, the principal saved the school from complete shutdown due to low attendance by pleading with prefectural authorities for 70 straight hours. Then Karasawa reveals that Sanada North High was only founded in 1989.
In Episode 9's High School Boys and Wiring, Central High's Student Council President made up a story about how the Vice-President follows her. The Vice-President was clearly nonplussed but had to comply.
Episode 12 even has a segment CALLED High School Boys and Lies, which involves Motoharu asking Yoshitake what various things are, only for him to make up phony explanations.
Blue with Shock: The first reaction Hidenori and Yoshitake have to Tadakuni's horror story.
Episode 10's High School Boys and Winter involves Hidenori asking Literature Girl to return the blazer he put on her 3 episodes before (see Comforting Comforter), leading to a Chase Scene as described in its entry.
In the third manga chapter High School Boys and Horror Stories (1), Yoshitake told a story about having shaved off his nipple as he tried to remove nipple hair. In the unanimated Chapter 97 High School Boys and Secrets, he admitted that was a lie.
Viewers of this series will certainly remember the following things from High School Boys and the Literary Girl: the Artificial Riverbank and the conversation Today... the wind is noisy. / But this wind... is crying... a little.These two things would appear exactly 100 chapters later, in High School Boys and Boys. Literature Girl is distressed by these developments.
And then in the chapter right after (105, High School Boys and Wind), Yanagin just ignored that pick-up line.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: if anyone is hyped up to be competent or respectable, chances are they are actually a bumbling idiot. The only exception is Toshiyuki.
When Yoshitake explained how much of a jerkass his older sister is in High School Boys and the Holy Night, he just used a single example: she was the reason why Motoharu was shaved in High School Boys and Seniority.
When the sisters of the main trio complain to Yuusuke about the main trio's Man Child tendencies in High School Boys and the Older Brother they mention both their lingerie stealing in High School Boys and The Power of Friendship and their triggering Yoshitake's sister's Berserk Button in High School Boys and the Holy Night.
Takahiro reminded the Literature Girl of what happened in High School Boys and Running in High School Boys and Assertiveness to show how hypocritical her statement about open courting was.
High School Girls are Funky — Women Who Left a Scar starts when Yanagin tried to apologize to Karasawa of her abuses in High School Girls are Funky — Resentment.
Chased Off into the Sunset: In the strip High School Boys and the New Term, Yoshitake and his group attended school one day before the term actually starts because the teacher misinformed them. It ends up with the students chasing after the teacher.
Chase Scene: Episode 10's High School Boys and Running — the Literature Girl is shocked out of her wits upon running into Hidenori before getting pissed and chasing him all over downtown in one of the most hilarious scenes in the series — just to yell at him that the guy she was walking with when she ran into him — Takahiro — wasn't her boyfriend.
Chekhov's Gag: In Episode 2, Tadakuni made up a story on how he saw what was under Karasawa's cap, remarking that it was hilarious. Hidenori also mentioned Karasawa has tons of experience with horror stories. Then came Episode 5.It's nowhere near funny at all in High School Girls are Funky — Archdemon, which retold most of the backstory from Yanagin's point of view.
Childhood Friend Romance: Emi may have a crush in Hidenori, but Hidenori sees this kind of relationship between her and Kiyohiko.
Club Stub: A mini-arc in the manga showed a few examples in Sanada North: the Chemistry and Movie Research Clubs.
Comic Trio: The protagonists have shades of this. Hidenori is the loudest and usually comes up with zany schemes, Yoshitake is somewhat dense and goes along with whatever Hidenori suggests, and Tadakuni is the Only Sane Man who gets dragged into everything whether he likes it or not.
In High School Boys and Mochi Soup, there is an on-screen advisory each time one of the main trio chokes on mochi. By the third time the on-screen advisory gets annoyed:
This might seem annoying, but please eat mochi slowly by carefully chewing small portions.
In High School Boys and UFO Catchers, the main trio try to shake a UFO Catcher machine to get a teddy bear plush which narrowly missed the hole, while the following advisory appears below:
Good boys and girls mustn't do this.
Continuity Nod: In High School Boys and Seniority, Mino's classmates came to her and Motoharu's house for a sleepover and, among others, were quite interested in seeing him shaved. The following Eye Catch features them trying to forcibly shave him... and in High School Boys and the Savior, he is seen shaved and with a few bandages on his chin.
Happens constantly, but more subtly, in the manga; covers from a given chapter often portray the result or aftermath from an event that happened in the previous chapter.
Custom Uniform: Technically speaking, Sanada North's students are supposed to tuck in their shirts,, button their collars and wear a striped necktie. Don't count on their students doing all these. Nobody tucks their shirts in or buttons up their collars and only Tadakuni, Hidenori and Karasawa wear ties on anything like a regular basis.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Parodied in High School Boys and the Sure-kill Shot. Mitsuo claimed he sealed his reflection shot because it's too unair. He's right; the soccer ball reflects because of the piece of plastic he planted on the field. Mitsuo being Mitsuo, it still got saved by the self-proclaimed Non-Action Guy Hidenori.
Death Glare: Parodied with Kiyotaka's sister, though mostly due to poor eyesight and missing contact lenses.
Delicious Distraction: Episode 4's High School Girls are Funky — Humor, the girls discuss why boys are boring to watch and wonder how they even got an anime. Then Yanagi and Ikushima got the idea of asking (read: screaming at) Karasawa, who lives next door to Habara (where the girls meet). Then Karasawa throws them sweets, and the two girls stop screaming at him and gorged on the food like there's no tomorrow. This was eventually subverted in the next skit Resentment, when it turned out those snacks were expired— and the girls proceeded to beat Karasawa up.
Distaff Counterpart: High School Girls Are Funky, a series of post-credits skits, features Habara, Yanagin and Ikushima, three girls who look, act and talk remarkably like their male counterparts Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake. As bonus, Mei has her own counterpart in the form of Habara's older brother. Although once the girls' backstories surface, the boys look generic compared to them.
The Ditz: Episode 7's High School Girls are Funky — High School Girl Power parodies the frequent use of this trope as a charm point — Yanagin gets her sempai to teach them how to be cuter, and the correct answer is...
Dramatic Wind: Invoked in the Literature Girl skits, because the protagonist in her novels (whom she has a crush on and is eager to re-enact in real life) can control wind.
Dude, Not Funny!: Subverted In-Universe. While Habara literally invoked that line in response to Yanagin's "Just Joking" Justification in High School Girls are Funky — Archdemon, that was because she was also a party in the story Yanagin told (i.e. the eponymous Archdemon. The real audience, Ikushima and Takahiro, were not offended at all.
Early-Bird Cameo: Downplayed — Yoshitake's older sister was one of the girls bullying Motoharu in the previous episode before her debut.
The Faceless: Mei, Mino and Yoshitake's older sister. Habara's older brother is also faceless.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: In Episode 5, if one pauses at the beginning of two related skits where the main characters of each skit are walking down a busy metropolitan street, the group and pairs of Ringo and the Student Council, Hidenori and Yoshitake, and Tadakuni and Nago can be seen walking obliviously by one another in different areas of the street. Anime watchers may not recognize why Tadakuni and Nago were there, but High School Boys and Counseling — animated in Episode 4, when Tadakuni and Nago left the pizzeria together — was published one chapter before High School Boys and the Saviour in the manga.
Frothy Mugs of Water/Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the first scary stories skit, Tadakuni mentioned he and some other buddies went to another person's home to drink... while the manga he made it clear it was alcohol, in the anime he denied it was alcohol (so as the on-screen note) though the drink obviously has alcohol-like effects.
On the other hand, completely averted by Yoshitake's sister, who was shown drinking from a can clearly labeled beer despite being underage. This was edited in the anime to look like a can of soda, although she still talks in a drunken slur.
Fun with Acronyms: In High School Boys and Lies, Motoharu asked Yoshitake what does KY — which actually stands for Kuuki Yomenai, or cannot read the atmosphere — stands for, and Yoshitake made up an answer about Kankyou Yougo Kigaku — Environmental Protection Convention — and explained what that is.
Gag Series: The entire point being making boring High School Boys' lives actually funny.
Golf Clubbing: In High School Boys and Fathers, Hidenori's father used a golf club to play a game of baseball with Hidenori, and then uses it to break the window of the Tabata household—all the three guys in the household forgot their keys.
This is the entire point of High School Boys and Panties — peeping at a girl's panties does not make a guy feel good, but guilty and depressed... especially when a ditz like Ringo got tricked into unwittingly flaunting hers. Motoharu slipped into a Heroic BSOD so hard he skipped school for three days.
Anyone (mostly female) except the main male population of Sanada North High, as well as a few recurring females, such as the Literature Girl, Nago, NAGO, Ringo, Habara, Yanagin, Ikushima, Emi and Episode 11's Mitsuo-lookalike.
Zig-zagged with Kiyotaka's younger sister when it zooms in to reveal her unintentional Death Glare.
The intro to Episode 1 showed a Late for School scene for the main trio—Tadakuni, Yoshitake and Hidenori. Tadakuni was eating toast per this trope's tradition, and then he saw Yoshitake eating curry, and then Hidenori opined Yoshitake should have eaten toast—despite eating noodles himself.
In High School Boys and the Power of Friendship, Hidenori denied stealing Mei's lingerie while wearing her bra.
In High School Boys and Assertiveness, the Literature Girl commented it's shameless for a girl to flirt a guy in the open. Takahiro reminded that by the time everybody knew she chased down Hidenori (who studies in another school) to the next town, in High School Boys and Running.
In High School Boys and Loneliness, Tadakuni, Yoshitake and Motoharu all told Hidenori they were occupied during Christmas (a traditional date night in Japan). When Hidenori decided to go into a manga cafe to kill time, he found all three of them were cooped up in the same manga cafe.
In High School Boys and the Worst, Yoshitake spent the whole skit listing examples to prove his sister is the worst, only deducing at the end that he would be the worst by trying to prove himself somebody is worse than himself.
I'm Standing Right Here: In High School Boys and Mitsuo-kun, Mitsuo walks his classroom in which his friends are telling embarrassing stories about him. They notice his arrival, pause for a second, and then continue laughing at him as if he isn't there.
Jerkass: Most girls in the show (especially if they're the main characters' sisters), with a few exceptions, such as the Literature Girl, Emi, Ringo and Habara (or at least she used to be a jerk herself).
In the prologue to Episode 6, the boys ask: Why are there Magical Girls but not Magical Boys? Then they think that Harry Potter may be a Magical High School Boy. Also, the first half of High School Boys and the New School Term was basically about Nintendo Hard, using the third Sherlock Holmes game (on NES) as example. The Legend of Kage was also referrenced.
In Episode 8's High School Boys and Manga, Hidenori recognized that while in any other manga boys of his age would be doing something else, the guys here are doing nothing. The written message of the sponsor section also recognized that Tadakuni doesn't have a family name.
The prologue of Episode 1 parodied that; with the trio progressively eating foods improbable in such a scenario: Tadakuni has the traditional toast, Yoshitake had curry, and Hidenori had ramen — and he had the gall to call out Yoshitake for not having toast.
The last episode showed a more ridiculous variation, where Yoshitake was having fondue and Hidenori was having Brazilian barbecue.
At the end of High School Boys and ConsequencesMitsuo missed a chance to Crash into Hello a girl under this trope.
Parodied in High School Boys and Love Letters by Motoharu giving a faked love letter to Yoshitake.
Ikushima received one from her nameless classmate as well, but as expected from a One Gender School student, she'd rather fantasize over it.
Loving Bully: Deconstructed. Habara was a feared bully known as Archdemon who terrorized every boy in her neighborhood, but especially Toshiyuki Karasawa, her next door neighbor, eventually giving him several large scars that would never go away. Fast forward eight years, and it becomes clear that she harbors a small crush on Karasawa, who, unfortunately for her, is traumatized by her bullying to the point where he can barely interact with her normally.
High School Boys and Drop-Kicks: The sudden physical closeness between Hidenori (on a visit to his maternal grandparents' hometown) and Kiyohiko was seen by Emi as Boy Meets Boy.
Moment Killer: Invoked by Tadakuni in High School Boys and the Literature Girl when Hidenori requested him to break the unwanted sexual tension between Hidenori and the Literature Girl. He came to the scene with:
Tadakuni: Hey, this is bad! The potato chips at that convenience store are half-off! Let's get going! *Punched out by Literature Girl*
In the beginning Hidenori thought Tadakuni was too Genre Blind to say this, but eventually realized he said that because he's Genre Savvy enough to invoke this trope.
Nausea Fuel: The story Tadakuni made up about Kugihiko vomiting out a centipede is a literal In-Universe example; Hidenori, Yoshitake and Mei all purged themselves upon hearing the story.
No Hugging, No Kissing: According to Word of God, the show isn't so much about romance than teenage boys (and some girls) doing things. In fact, the closest things to romance the series have are the Literature Girl and Emi's crushes towards Hidenori, and even then they are one-sided (and in the latter's case, it was even grounded by Surprise Incest).
No Name Given: The Literature Girl, Yoshitake's older sister, and a female Mitsuo-lookalike in Episode 11.
"Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: This was used in High School Boys and Horror Stories (2) when Yoshitake mentioned inadvertently causing a nosebleed when he washed his face.
Not What It Looks Like: Oh, the things the Literature Girl will do to tell Hidenori that the boy who walked next to her wasn't her boyfriend (it's just her classmate Takahiro)... and it's not like Hidenori was dating her.
When Mino said she's inviting her classmates for a sleepover, Motoharu's heartbreak ensues.
In High School Girls are Funky — Conflict, Yanagin and Ikushima stare in horror as Habara innocuously asks why they need rules when fighting. Given her past as a Combat Pragmatist, their reaction is justifiable, more so after they see her casually throw away a large rock in front of them.
One Gender School: Sanada North (all-boys) and Sanada East (all-girls) Prefectural High Schools.
Overtook the Manga: The anime got this treatment due to two factors: (1) the manga's Sketch Comedy format means a whole volume of manga can only produce 3 episodes of anime without padding, and (2) Sunrise did not pad. The anime practically ran out of original material at the last episode; in which they asked the mangaka to draw two skits for the anime (High School Boys and Assertiveness and High School Boys and Getting Hit On) and made two original skits (High School Boys and ... and the faux High School Girls are Funky—The Movie trailer). Of course, being a Slice of Life anime without much of a plot, they simply ended the season by using Book Ends.
Periphery Demographic: The ending credits message for Episode 6, aired on the midnight before Valentine's Day, lampshaded the series' sizable female readership despite being written for the Seinen Demographic: [invoked]
It may be Valentine's Day, but don't send the characters chocolate or anything. If you're sending it anyway, please send it to the studio, not the TV station.
Pixellation: The centipedes in High School Boys and 100.
Placeholder Titles: Episode 1's ending, which used lines from one of the skits in the episode instead due to a last-minute change of the ending theme. Like anything in this show, it was lampshaded.
Poor Communication Kills: Many of the skits could have been resolved in a far less humiliating way if the character(s) involved had actually spoken out instead of monologue-ing for five or so minutes. The frequency of this theme is actually one of the main points of evidence for the author being Bomber Grape as most of the latter's Touhou comics use it for Running Gags.
In the un-animated High School Boys and Elevators, this is the reason for an Uncomfortable Elevator Moment between the Literature Girl and Hidenori.
Potty Failure: Yoshitake seemed to have it when he was younger. It was, as a matter of course, misattributed to Mitsuo.
Print Bonus: High School Girls Are Funky are omake of the manga volumes—hence those skits were made into stingers in the anime.
Quivering Eyes: In High School Boys and Cakes, Tadakuni had one after being grossed out by Hidenori's answer to Yoshitake's question of what he wanted to do for the day: piss in his pants.
Rescue Romance: Parodied in High School Boys and the Savior in which a bystander sees three delinquents harassing Ringo and steps in to beat them up... except the delinquents — Motoharu, Karasawa and the Student Council Vice-President — were just asking her a favor, and allow themselves to get beaten up to spare him the embarrassment of having misunderstood the situation, as well as to invoke this trope.
Running Gag: The sponsor sections are always in line with the tone of the skit immediately preceding it.
Whenever Hidenori sits on the Artificial Riverbank, the Literature Girl will show up. Sometimes, other characters show up. When Hidenori doesn't show up, it's Motoharu. Later on, other characters (the "Overly Self-confident Girl", Takahiro's friend, Yanagin) replacing the Literature Girl, but she still shows up in the end of the respective sketches, usually extremely envy.
Rule of Three: Most of the skits rely on a triple repeat of the same joke or three jokes with the same theme.
Three students slip on frozen puddles in one skit.
Yoshitake's Paper-Thin Disguise as Karasawa by wearing a white cap works three times in the Kick The Can skit (twice on Mitsuo).
Mitsuo makes three attempts to get a soccer ball past Hidenori during the Sure Kill Shot skit. Third time is the charm in this case.
Scale Model Destruction: High School Boys and Kick the Can revolves around several characters playing a game of kick the can with the first Gundam model Mitsuo ever built. They succeed, and then reveal that they destroyed it because they had bought him an identical kit for his birthday. The present turns out to be a counterfeit.
School Uniforms are the New Black: Zigzagged. The main trio wear their uniforms even during summer break or Christmas — but there were a few scenes in High School Boys and Summer Memories when they wore causal clothes. This trope was also invoked in High School Boys and Summer Plans when Hidenori asked Karasawa to wear school uniforms to join a meeting on vacation planning in which the other participants are already wearing school uniforms in Tadakuni's house.
Serious Business: Such as love simulations in High School Boys and After School or killing centipedes in High School Boys and 100. Although these are also used to build up Shaggy Dog Stories.
Shaggy Dog Story: Daily Lives of High School Boys might as well be Daily Lives of Shaggy Dogs.
High School Boys and After School: The boys spent most of the skit practicing a campus Meet Cute scenario for Tadakuni... only ending with the latter on a Pose of Supplication, saying it is completely useless in the boys' school they're attending.
High School Boys and Scary Stories (1 and 2): Tadakuni told extremely horrifying stories invoking extreme actions to Hidenori, Yoshitake and (the eavesdropping) Mei. They were also made up.
High School Boys and the Accompanying Girl: After seeing Tadakuni walking with a random girl, his Class 2-A classmates decided to put a halt to his date... only to find out that she was just asking for directions.
High School Boys and the Literature Girl (2): Motoharu went on making wind-related quotes to the Literature Girl. It turned out he spoke to the wrong person — he intended to speak to his sister Mino.
High School Boys and the Train to School: Hidenori spent the whole skit engaging in an Internal Monologue about whether or not he should tell a schoolgirl he sees daily on the trains that she has a hair on a mole on her neck, trying to figure out the consequences, and, eventually, why that was never noticed. After he decided to do so (and still feared a backlash), her response was a bright smile and a Thank you!
The first and last skits of Episode 4 were about Tadakuni trying to get close to Yoshitake and Hidenori, spending most of the skit eavesdropping (High School Boys and Eavesdropping) or asking Nago for advice (High School Boys and Complaining to Each Other), only to find that the two guys he thought were Yoshitake and Hidenori just happened to be lookalikes.
High School Boys and the Cultural Festival (2): Sanada North's Student Council President dared Ringo and her companions to pass through their haunted house without yelling. Ringo coasted through without making so much as a noise... only to finally let out a scream of horror at the sight of a naked Student Council President at the exit.
High School Boys and the Cultural Festival (4): After Ringo defeated Sanada North's Student Council President, Karasawa (as an announcer) treated the fighting as part of a scheduled program.
High School Boys and the Biography of a Hero: Hidenori has long idolized Rubber (Band) Shooter, a masked Bully Hunter who saved him eight years ago. So when he returns to the shrine where he first met him upon hearing the same Pachelbel's Canon he played back then, Hidenori ran up the steps only to see... Yoshitake shooting rubber bands. Hidenori dashed off the stairs.
High School Boys and Holy Night: Hidenori tried his best to avoid being beaten up by Yoshitake's older sister, after he inadvertently pointed out she's always alone during Christmas. Hidenori, being the series' Chick Magnet, went as far as trying to date her. She still beat him up.
High School Boys and the New Semester: The boys spent the whole skit discussing the winter break while waiting for the first class of the spring term. Their class teacher came in... and announced that due to a typographical error, school should have started the day after.
High School Boy and Ringo's Troubles: Ringo came into North's Student Council to ask whether she is actually too short. After deciding the other members were too nice to be honest, she decided to ask the Student Council President in the next room instead. The Student Council, fearing that the President was going to say something stupid again, tried to prevent her from leaving the Council room. While their tactics didn't work, the President's answer wasn't stupid either... and Ringo still beat him up.
High School Boys and the Older Brother: Mei and Yoshitake's older sister asked Yusuke to teach the boys to be less childish... only to find he was Not So Different from the main trio.
High School Boys and Convenience Stores: Hidenori was given the wrong change by a trainee employee. After another round of Inner Monologue, he decided to try to get the older employee to straighten up the error... That older employee turned out to be a trainee as well.
High School Boys and 100: Motoharu spent the whole skit killing centipedes. Then Mino opened the windows facing the forest and let the centipedes in.
High School Girls are Funky — Ramen: Yanagin wanted to break her Always Second Best status towards NAGO and dared the latter to compete with her in karate and then ramen eating. Not only did Yanagin lose decisively in both, but in the end NAGO didn't even know who is competing with her.
High School Boys and the End of Summer: Emi, a girl who lives in Hidenori's maternal hometown, has a crush on Hidenori, who came to visit, and planned to confess to him on the night before he left. The entire episode was about her trying to confess... and right before she's going to say that, Hidenori made a most surprising reveal: they are cousins.
Emi: And so, my summer ended without me able to do anything.
High School Boys and Kick the Can: Hidenori, Yoshitake, Motoharu and Mitsuo engage in a... rather physical game of kick-the-can — with the latter's Zaku model as the can, ending with Hidenori kicking the model to oblivion. Turns out the three were planning to give Mitsuo a birthday present in the form of a replacement model... only for Mitsuo to realize that they bought him a ripoff. Come the next Eye Catch he dumps it off a waste bin.
Subverted in High School Boys and Frankfurter; while Yoshitake, Motoharu and the gang failed to prevent Mitsuo's half-eaten sausage from falling to the ground... but Mitsuo eats it anyway.
In the unanimated skit High School Boys and Studying, the boys suddenly found the learning curve for the schoolwork getting too steep, and got into a serious study session... before the teacher announced he wrongly used the senior textbook for the past two weeks.
In the unanimated skit High School Girls are Funky — Frog, Yanagin found a frog perching on the vending machine's coin drop. After unsuccessfully trying to kick the drinks out of the machine, she eventually had to remove the frog on her own... only to find she only has a 1,000-yen bill, which ''can't be used in the vending machine at all.
In High School Boys and the Worst, Yoshitake spent the whole skit listing examples to prove his sister is the worst, only to deduce at the end that he would be the worst by trying to prove himself somebody is worse than himself.
Shiritori: The boys had one in Episode 3. Tadakuni happened to have done some of them completely by accident.
The figure Hidenori wanted to get in High School Boys and Store Employees looks suspiciously like Madoka Kaname in her Magical Girl form.
The same skit featured Ponyo Ponyo playing in the background
The trailer at the end of episode 12 is a jab at K-On! again, calling back what happened in Resentment.
Sketch Comedy: A rare anime example of this format, due to the format of the original manga (at 6-10 pages a week, almost half the length of a normal manga chapter). The anime makes one skit per chapter; while a longer story arc is split into several self-contained chapters, the anime would still be making as many skits as there are chapters. High School Boys and Cultural Festival used four separate skits in one episode.
The Stinger: Omake skits, like the High School Girls are Funky series and Episode 2's Daily Life of a Lady, were made into stingers.
After the Book Ends finale of Episode 12, there is a preview for a High School Girls Are Funky movie that takes a leaf out of the K-On! movie, complete with a trip to London, which suddenly Genre Shifts into a Kaiju-movie styled showdown between Habara (relapsing into the Archdemon) and her rival, the Silver Devil. Of course, Habara is not pleased.
Surprise Incest: Poor Emi. Just when she thought she found love in the form of Hidenori, the latter tells her that they are cousins.
Take That: In the web previews' closing song and Episode 3's High Schools Girls Are Funky, characters note that high school girls can do whatever they want and still be popular: rock band, jazz band, karate, kendo and/or mahjong. Meanwhile, boys don't get much attention because they suck at everything that isn't sports or fighting.
Tempting Fate: In High School Boys and Panties, the Student Council Vice-President told Motoharu that he got a full view of a girl's panties... and felt depressed out of Heel Realization. Motoharu didn't believe it, and the Vice-President dared Motoharu to try that by calling Ringo-chan in and tricking her into flaunting her panties in front of them... Motoharu's reaction (See Heel Realization) was even more extreme than the Vice-President's.
Those Two Guys: The two lookalikes of Hidenori and Yoshitake in Episode 4.
Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake and their Distaff Counterparts Habara, Yanagin and Ikushima have a similar dynamic, but since they're the main characters, it's subverted.
Takahiro and his classmate in Sanada West
The two nameless guys who always chat with Yoshitake and Motoharu.
High School Girls are Funky — Resentment: Karasawa did nothing but block Yanagin and Ikushima's attacks. The closest offensive maneuver he did is to turn around so Yanagin instead ends up kicking Ikushima's ass. The entire thing was, instead, ended by him showing his scar. Cue Yanagin and Ikushima teary-eyed in remorse.
Karasawa does it again in High School Girls are Funky — the Girls with Scars — while he did a Kinniku Buster on Yanagin as a payback for what she did in Resentment, he made a dorsal touchdown himself and acted as Yanagin's landing pad... end ended up far more injured than Yanagin was.
High School Boys and Seniority: Motoharu didn't hit Mino's classmates, who were bullying him... not because they're girls, but because they're senior to him.