First Look: Wasteful Days of High School Girls

Alternative title(s): Joshi Kousei no Mudazukai
Manga Adaptation by Passione
Streaming on HIDIVE

Premise

An exceptionally average teenage girl enters high school with a few old friends. They waste a lot of time.

Jel’s verdict: The Title Says It All

There’s nothing wrong with a good high school comedy about nothing, it just requires exceptional writing, directing, and execution. Wasteful Days of High School Girls seems to be emulating past successful shows without truly knowing what made them great. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t, and it was a real grind getting through the entire episode.

The best example is our main character Tanaka. She is meant to be painfully average despite her delusions, similar to say Yuuko from Nichijou or many other characters from this genre. This works pretty well for setting up her friends for some sick burns and we even get some weird hints at later jokes, like her familiy apparently being nudists. That’s all well and good until the writer latches on to her one distinguishing trait: she wants a boyfriend. The bulk of the episode beats this into your head over and over again until you get tired of it, look down at the run time, and feel overwhelmed by dread realizing there’s still over fifteen minutes to go.

I’m sure there will be other jokes at the other character’s expense in the future, but I do not have much confidence the writing will get any better. We’ll probably be stuck with the same three jokes for the three characters for the rest of the series. So if you want to watch a high school girl comedy this season, check out O Maidens In Your Savage Season instead. Or if you want a great comedy with girls being terrible to each other, I highly recommend Asobi Asobase. Or if you just want a show about nothing starring someone named Tanaka, check out the criminally underappreciated Tanaka-kun is Always Listless. Just don’t waste your time with this.

2 thoughts on “First Look: Wasteful Days of High School Girls

  1. Yeah, awful weak start. If you want to read about high school girls just derping about, I’d reccomend Joshi Kausie. (Read the manga, the anime failed to capture the spirit thereof.)

    • I’m not much of manga reader, the only ones I’m following right now are Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun and Hinamatsuri. It looks like this may be on CR manga though, so maybe I’ll try and give it a look.

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