Pretty much status quo for me with Danshi Koukousei this week – hit and miss. What I find most interesting is that the overall appeal of the series seems basically unchanged – I don’t see any significant drop in support for it across forums or among other bloggers and such. And yet where I absolutely loved the show for a while, not I just sort of like it. I can’t think of another show that’s had quite that arc with me, especially one where I seem to be so much the odd man out. I don’t think it’s coincidental – I can point to some very specific stylistic changes that have taken place, such as the transition to mostly shorter skits, and I also feel like the humor has definitely gotten more esoteric, with much less use of satire. But maybe that’s just me – it doesn’t seem to be bothering anyone else. Humor is a funny thing.
Looking back at the skits this week, it’s not surprising that the Literary Girl piece was my favorite. I guess I should call her “Yassan” now, and her scene was a riot. It was nice to see L.G. taken out of her normal context – reading at the park and frightening Hidenori enough that he’d sooner crap his pants than walk by her to use the toilet. Interacting with a school friend. Chasing Hidenori through the city until the both of them were so exhausted that he was puking off the bridge, all to clear up a misunderstanding that didn’t exist. I can’t recall another character quite like her, with her memorable reactions to everything (including the callback to the skit a couple of eps ago) and her dizzying array of facial expressions. I think she’s the sort of girl character who could only show up in a series about boys.
Alas, the Yassan bits were really the only times I laughed during the episode, beyond a chuckle anyway. The growing emphasis on Mitsuo and how clueless he is isn’t really doing it for me, as much as I love Okamoto Nobuhiko. Mitsuo not checking for TP in the bathroom. Mitsuo diving into the river to rescue a stuffed animal. Mitsuo slipping on banana peels. It’s kind of repetitive and not really all that funny the first time, and for that matter there was an awful lot of slipping this week. Banana peels (really?), ice… I know misfortune is the source of all comedy, but this is really caveman stuff here. Motoharu not knowing how to ride a bike was good for a giggle or two, though the scene where he shames his sister with his cooking was better.
And lastly, what of Danshi Koukousei’s very own Misaki Mei, Tadakuni, and the Funky Girls? Well, Tadakuni is still being ignored but they’re talking about it in the eyecatches at least – and he did show up getting punched by his sister to dislodge the mochi stuck in his throat (mochi soup? Eww.) How much does Miyu Irino get paid for “Ugh!”? And the F.G. team was back with their theme music this week, the focus this time being Karusawa. We know Habara caused his scar (and still tortures herself over it) but Yanagin is apologizing to him for some unexplained reason, and agrees to allow him to do a “Kinni*u Buster” on her, which gives us a rare glimpse of him in full baka mode as he’s usually the most sensible guy in the cast. I feel as if there was something to that scene that I was missing – a culture reference, a kanji pun, something – but it didn’t really click for me, beyond curiosity over what Yanagin has to apologize for…