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.
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.
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!