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Nichijou

April 20, 2011

Hadn’t originally planned on picking this series up, but gave it a try after reading positive comments about it online and got hooked right on the first episode.

Although it definitely has is a show with peculiar humor, this anime based on the “日常” manga by Arawi Keiichi is a non stop hail of gags, absurd jokes and oddities that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

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In broad, simplified terms am personally inclined to describe this series roughly as an eclectic mix of elements not unlike those seen in comedies like “Azumanga Daioh” or “Pani Poni Dash”. The humor is definitely pushing the envelope like in “Pani Poni Dash”, but the visuals and more plain with subdued colors and a character style reminiscent of “Azumanga Daioh”.

The series feels eclectic because a main plot or overarching story seems to be absent. Instead, it is a daisy chain of gags in the daily life of classmates Yuuko, Mio and Mai, as well as the silly antics of the robotic Nano and her creator, the eight year old blonde called Hakase (aka professor).

Was quite surprised to read this series is animated by Kyoto Animation as their typical styling and visual tricks are nowhere to be seen in this series’ visual palette. Yet, while the animation is indeed more plain looking and consisting of more sober coloring and character styling, it is nonetheless near flawless and carefully executed.

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A show like “Nichijou” need not use flashy animation tricks to reel in viewers as it will garner those based on its unique comedy value alone, and likely only those whom enjoy watching such absurd comedy will continue to watch.

Adored the cameo role of Shiraishi Minoru as Sakamoto the cat, his typical voice you may remember from Taniguchi in “The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi” or Sebastian in “Lucky Star”. The voice of the professor is akin to that of Akira from “Lucky Star” as they’re both voiced by Konno Hiromi.

If you’re looking for an entertaining comedy full of silly gags and unusual jokes, then definitely check out this series.
Can’t wait to see what crazy things they will concoct in the next episode!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2011 4:56 am

    I’m still debating whether to watch this. It gives me the same feeling Ika Musume gives me, which is a mix of fun, silliness, cuteness, and unfunny jokes. I’m pretty sure I’ll like many of the comedy, but I also won’t like a lot of the gags. So still hesitant about jumping in.

  2. solwyvern permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:00 am

    Don’t forgot to pick up the OVA too^^

    Also, I highly recommend trying out AChannel as well, and if you can fit one more, Soft Tennis, I really enjoyed the first two episodes of both. (Yuri gags and some good laughs)

    This season is sure packed with a lot of good shows. One of the best anime seasons in recent memory for me.

  3. April 21, 2011 6:36 pm

    @Yi
    Interesting that it makes you remember “Shinryaku! Ika Musume”, hadn’t though of that show while watching this one at all. Sure guess some of the humor is similar but “Nichijou” is definitely more eclectic and extreme.
    @solwyvern
    Oh, already am watching “A Channel” (hope to write about it later on) and quite enjoying it!
    Haven’t heard about “Soft Tennis” at all, but if you recommend it and it has yuri, will definitely try it out!

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