Nichijou October 13, 2011Posted by coolmikeol in Anime, Manga.
Tags: comedy, Kyoto Animation, Nichijou, Slice of Life
Nichijou is one of the funniest slice of life animes I’ve seen. It’s so simply hilarious that every scene brought tears to my eyes from laughing so much. Here is a quick synopsis from Wikipedia:
The series follows the lives of a group of high school students and their school. Various oddities and absurdities abound, such as a robotic girl made by an eight-year-old scientist, a boy who rides a goat to school with his butler, a girl who can procure various guns out of thin air, a cat that can speak and a principal who has wrestled a deer. Despite its bizarre settings and characters, the students still lead normal lives.
Nichijou was created by the well known studio Kyoto Animation, known for its previous animes such as K-On!, Lucky Star, and Clannad, and that was one of the main reasons why I decided to check it out. I was a bit skeptical about it beforehand because it was another slice of life anime and I thought that KyoAni could not really produce something to really stand out from their previous animes, though I guess it was because I was basing it on the preview photos of the anime itself which looked a bit plain and weird….
But let me tell you one thing, don’t judge Nichijou (or any anime really) by its cover. From the first episode onwards, Nichijou is a classic example of absolute randomness at its most epic level ever. It looks like a typical anime, especially the main characters who have generic looking character designs, but each their personalities are unique and sometimes unpredictable. Mio Naganohara looks like a typical main character, a regular bright and cheerful high school girl who has a crush on a boy but is shy to say anything to him. There is much more to her though as she can tend to get mad fairly easily and draws yaoi manga of her crush Kojirou. The way she is presented in the beginning of the anime series makes her seem like the main of the main characters, but really that goes to Yuko Aioi. Yuko is a energetic girl who tends to be lazy in doing her homework but is also well known to be an idiot, which makes her very entertaining to watch. She makes simple, everyday life scenarios such a pain for herself but that is what we laugh to, other peoples’ expense. (I hope I don’t sound mean, but that’s how Yuko is.) The third main character is Mai Minakami, who shows herself as a quiet, book reading, glasses wearing girl. I bet if you watched enough animes with these kinds of characters you would expect that she would be the shy, quiet, and well behaved girl. Mai has only two of those three typical traits of anime girls who fits that description. If I were to describe Mai in two words, it would be she’s “A Troll”, basically one who plays jokes in a way that’s hard to tell if she is really joking or not.
In Nichijou, there are actually two sets of main characters, which is another unique thing about this anime. Besides Mio, Yuko, and Mai of the school side, we also have Nano, Hakase, and Sakamoto of the Shinonome home side. Nano Shinonome is a robot who was created by Hakase, Hakase being taken care of by Nano. She is of similar age to that of Mio, Yuko, and Mai and looks mostly human, except for the large wind up key the protrudes from her back. Nano does’ want anyone to know that she is a robot, but various things happen that make it hard for her to do so, especially the large wind up key she has. Hakase, (which literately means Professor) eight years old is the one who created Nano. She is extremely smart to the point where she can invent anything she wants, like various “upgrades” to Nano or a scarf that makes animals talk. Despite her intellect, she behaves very much like a little kid, throwing tantrums when she doesn’t get what she wants and get scared of thunder. Sakamoto is Nano’s and Hakase’s pet cat they found wandering the streets. He wears the scarf that allows him to talk. He is older than both Hakase and Nano in cat years and so acts as an elder who should be respected (as shown when he tells them to address him as Sakamoto-san), though he does succumb to cat-like habits every so often though. His original name was Taisho and was once Ms. Nakamura’s pet cat, a science teacher at Mio’s, Yuko’s, and Mai’s school.
In the first half of the Nichijou anime series, these two sets if main characters are kept separate, meaning that they didn’t interact with each other at all. Around the middle of the season though, this changes as Nano constantly wants to act like a real girl her age and go to school. At first Hakase is against this because she is afraid that Nano will be away more often, but relents when she realizes that letting Nano go to school will make her happy. Nano enrolls in the same school as Mio, Yuko, and Mai and eventually they become friends. From then on, the combination of both sets of main characters in my opinion is almost like a crossover of two animes from the same universe (such like how Love Hina and Negima as supposedly within the same setting universe).
This anime is like a hidden gem of comedy anime. Initially it doesn’t look like much, even the general synopsis doesn’t really say much to make people watch it. The only real way to learn to enjoy Nichijou is to try to watch it. Well, that is the only way to really know how anime is, not by reading reviews online or from opinions from friends, but from watching it yourself.
Here are a few of my favorite scenes from Nichijou:
This is just a few of a whole bunch of scenes of Nichijou from YouTube that I complied as a playlist. You can check out the playlist here at this link: Nichijou Scenes
I also have made a Piano Melodies Series video on YouTube of the Openings and first Ending songs of Nichijou: