I’m not going to write a traditional site review for this show. There are already plenty of those. What I want to emphasize in this review are the things that make Nichijou different from the other major slice of life shows. The series at first glance Nichijou may seem like a clone of other popular slice of life shows such as Azumanaga Daioh and Lucky Star, but while it borrows elements of the traditional slice of life format, it’s the difference in the details and presentation that sets this show apart from the rest.
1. It’s NOT just cute girls doing cute things
In fact, Nichijou’s girls have flawed designs, which make them more them more rounded characters than those in most slice of life anime. Mio is a spaz, Mai is an outright troll, Yuuko is an idiot without any sense of tact and dignity. All of them get legitimately angry at each other often usually appropriately in response to something stupid that one of them did. They’re friends, but they aren’t always some unified unit that’s facing against common problems. Many times the conflicts are caused by each other. Sure, other anime will have episodes where the main group has their friendship tested, but in Nichijou these conflicts seem to occur every episode. This allows for some hilariously over the top moments as well as a stronger bond between the main characters.
2. The pacing of the jokes is (nearly) perfect
The structure of a joke consists of three parts, a setup, a link, and a punchline. The art of timing is to assign an appropriate amount of time to each phase of the joke. What many slice of life anime suffer from is spending far too long on the setup for a rather weak punchline. Nichijou has a strong understanding of how much time to spend on a joke (unlike Lucky Star where they would spend a good 5 minutes setting up a joke that didn’t pay off at all). They don’t hesitate to utilize the episode time on completely tangential short segments that last 10 seconds or less. The show does set up longer jokes as well, but the pacing is much more rapid than most.
3. The jokes are more universal
This point is rather simple; Nichijou doesn’t rely as much on Japanese cultural references or language puns. The style of humor is so far out there that it doesn’t really rely on any culture. Rather than relying on cultural anecdotes, it takes the universal and then exaggerates them to outrageous proportions.
Really, Nichijou’s style of humor can really be summarized by this scene. It’s really a show wired for a cult following. Some will love it, some will not get it, but that’s usually what happens when attempting to create something unique.
*To provide the viewer with more in-depth analysis, I have written some spoilers. These spoilers won't really affect the watching experience at all since this show, is not really about the story but the entertainment itself*
In a normal town in Japan, we see the ordinary life of Yuuko Aioi and her friends. Meanwhile, we see the life of a young professor named Hakase Shinonome and Nano, her caretaker and ROBOT? This is no ordinary life, for these characters as we see the random and wacky events of the town. Nano also seeks out to become more than just a robot, but a real girl.
The Story of Nichijou is no ordinary one. There is basically no plot to this series whatsoever. But the overall aspect of this show is provide extraordinary enjoyment to the viewer. We follow a clumsy energetic girl named Yuuko Aioi who just lives life lazily and happy with her friends Mio Naganohara and Mai Minakami.
Although things may seem normal at first, things start to go chaotic as they over-react to many faults in life such as forgetting homework, dropping stuff, and other peoples actions. On the other side of town we follow another life of a young professor named Hakase Shinonome and a robot girl named Nano Shinonome. Nano wants to be treated and be like a real girl and is always updated with new functions by her creator. She is also the caretaker and we see her daily life of handling antics set off by her creator and is encountered with more future events.
The overall story is pretty much a conglomeration of different lives of different characters. The story of Nano is the most thought out since we follow her determination in wanting to be the girl she wants to be (More Info on the Characters Section). Through watching this series, the theme of "Friendship" is well-developed as we see an increase on how close the main characters become to each other. Nano later attends school, meeting Yuuko and her friends.
Her determination for them to treat her like a real girl is really high seeing that she is out in public more. However, her friends seem to not care if she was a real girl or not, seeing Nano as a friend always. A huge life lesson is shown towards Nano as she finally accepts herself as a robot and decides not to get rid of the screw that she disliked ever since she was created. She learns that the screw makes her, herself. Coming from a comedy/slice of life show, this is a surprising twist that came into play that made me shed a few tears on the last episode of the series.
The theme of Nichijou is strong and having a lack of a story is not a major failure since the main premise of the show is to provide some big laughs, entertainment, and tears.
Animation of Nichijou is expected of their studio Kyoto Animation in providing such amazing animation and with a series as chaotic as this one, they took it and made it into one of the most entertaining shows that I have ever seen. Backgrounds are well-detailed and sharp, shading and shadows are accurate, and characters are designed well. City-scapes, that are usually shown in between skits are absolutely amazing when compared to real-life since they are well-detailed and blended with the many colors.
The main feature to this show that stands out the most is the overreaction expressions done on each character. Each expression is well-done and gives really nice feeling to how the character is feeling. A picture itself won't capture the hilariousness done with their expressions. Here is a video that basically summarizes what Nichijou is all about.
Other than that, explosions, dramatic effects, and some chase/action scenes are well animated making Nichijou's animation one of the many desirable features of this show.
Nichijou's soundtrack is basic and fits the aspect of what Nichijou is but is not really the standout feature of the sound category. What it is, is the voice-acting and sound effects of the characters. Voice-acting is done amazingly, really filling the character to their name and personality. Their acting when it comes to the overreaction scenes (which most of the cast had to do at least once), are hilarious from moaning, screaming, and more. Nichijou's Openings and Endings are one of my personal favorites. The openings are performed by Japanese Artist named Hyadain, having the first opening be Hyadain no Kakakata kataomoi-C and the second being Hyadain no Jōjō Yūjō. Both openings are very addicting/catchy and overall gives the viewer a big summarization of how this show is going to be. The two ending songs are much more calming than the openings but still are great in their own ways. The first ending song is Zzz performed by Sayaka Sasaki and the rest after is basically songs done by Sasaki and some done by the seiyus of the show, alternating every single episode after 14. Overall, sound is another standout feature of Nichijou.
Opening Songs (Videos)
The characters of Nichijou is by far, the most impotant aspect of the show since they basically run the show and provide the entertainment overcasting the idea of a layed out story. Yuuko Aioi, the first female protagonist is a clumsy energetic girl who sees every day as another day in life. Her character surprises as she begins to show feelings towards friendship, convincing Nano that she is nothing more than a good friend to her.
This leads to the second female protagonist Nano Shinonome and her supporting character Hakase. Which was mentioned in the "Story" section of the review, Nano is a robot who just wants to be accepted as a normal girl. When attending school later on in the series, she begins to see that her being and screw, makes her, Nano. Which ups the ante in the character development.
Hakase Shinonome, a child professor, is the creator of Nano and serves as the child figure to her deeming Nano as the caretaker of the household and Hakase herself. The relationship between Hakase and Nano is very strong seeing that they love each other very much to the point where some insults brings them to tears. Overall, this relationship is one of my favorites in Nichijou.
Another main character, Mio Naganohara, is one of Yuuko's best friends and has a secret admiration for Yaoi, making her a Fujoshi. Her love for this and determination to keep it a secret sometimes gets her over the edge and over-react intensely. Despite having a strange admiration and hot-headed like personality, she is a caring friend towards Yuuko, Mai, and Nano who acts as a target to the strength of friendship among them near the end of the series.
Other secondary characters include Misato Tachibana, second-year student, who is known for her random draws of over-sized military weapons acting in a "tsundere" fashion towards her crush Koujirou Sasahara. These secondary characters actually give great entertainment and some love relationships throughout the series when shown in between the Yuuko and Nano arcs.
Nichijou is a comedy/school life anime with a random plotline, exciting sound, life-like background and wacky animation, and an array of fantastic characters. This series is one of my all time favorites because of how amazing a pointless random show can be through strong character development, catchy openings/endings, and wonderful animation. Being a Kyoto Animation production, Nichijou is even more admirable coming from my favorite anime studio. From watching this show, I felt that the genre of the show and what it's intention is brings out no flaws whatsoever. Unfortunately, the manga sold terribly making the possibility of a second season, zero.
After many laughs and tears, Nichijou will always be a top-favorite to me and will be one to rewatch always with many hilarious scenes and intensely high rewatch value. I give Nichijou a 9.3 out of 10.
One word to describe Nichijou is simply random, but i would like to say it was a very unique experience in itself and once you got past the sheer randomness of it you start to realize the comedic nature of it.
Story:Basically there wasnt much of a story. Nichijou can best be described as a set of random shorts where we get the points of views of the main characters but get little comedic point of views of the side characters as well.
Animation: The character design was nice and simple but the animation its self was really well done and its none less expected since it was done from Kyoani. i found it pretty unique. the art style really fit the characters and the way all the random and crazy stuff was animated was very entertaining to watch.
Sound: I thought the sound track was nice and all the voices were done very well. it definitely does vary by opinion, but i thoroughly enjoyed both openings a lot and enjoyed both endings as well. i found it a pleasant surprise to hear a version of Tsubasa Wo Kudasai at the end of episode 14. Overall i thought the sound of Nichijou was pretty good.
Characters: Nothing much to say but that i found most of them entertaining and unique in their own way. Some were pretty fun while others were obviously just there for random skits, but overall i liked the characters
Overall: In the end i really ended up enjoying it and felt a little empty once i finished it, i have to say it did take me a couple of episodes to really get into it but in my opinion its just a solid random slice of life comedy.
Nichijou is a show about nothing. Not in the same sense that Seinfeld is a show about nothing, but in that it quite literally has no plot whatsoever.
I initially had high hopes for Nichijou, as it is from Kyoto Animation, the creators of such wonderful genre-bending life comedies as Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, and K-On! Some of my very favorite slice-of-life anime! But as I began to watch, I found myself questioning, what was the point of it all? I wasn't laughing. There was no story. But...surely it must improve?
It was to my shock and amazement that I found Nichijou was based on an actual manga, and not a 4-panel comic strip. The show plays out in a fashion such as you would expect if a string of Garfield comics were pasted end-to-end and expected to fill a half-hour time slot (to be fair, even Garfield managed to conjure up a storyline when he received his own show). Scenes change at random intervals, characters come and go with no introduction or farewell, jokes are centered around one-note gags, [almost] nothing carries over from episode to episode, and there isn't even a unifying theme to each episode. It feels more like a Japanese version of Robot Chicken than anything, and that's not a compliment.
Whatever this is, it takes four minutes to happen
Nichijou has two sets of main characters--I call them "main characters" only because they are the recurring set pieces by which the unfunny jokes are told, not because they receive any development or worthwhile attention in the story things that happen. First of all, we have a trio of schoolgirl friends consisting of the Average one, the Loud one, and the Quiet one. From watching the entire series, I can tell you that the Average one seems to enjoy drawing yaoi manga, because that came up three or four times, and the Quiet one enjoys (although she never cracks a smile, so I don't know if "enjoy" is the correct word) playing pranks on the other two and making their lives difficult, usually by pretending to be uncooperatively thick-headed. The Loud one is... loud. These three don't go anywhere as characters. What they are at the beginning, they are at the end, and we don't learn anything about them.
The second set of characters are a young girl called "Professor," the robot girl she made, Nano, and a talking cat they found, Sakamoto. For most of the series, the Professor and company are the lone saving grace of the show. The interaction between the child-like Professor, level-headed Nano, and straight-cat Sakamoto is very amusing. Their simplistic motivations and childish bickering call to mind a classic vaudevillian style of comedy, like you might get from Abbott and Costello. It's such a pity that they are typically allocated only a few minutes per episode to do anything at all. The rest of the time is spent following the school chums as they do "epic" things, like dropping their lunch on the floor in slow motion, sitting in a broken elevator staring at the ceiling, or arguing about buying paper in an overly exaggerated fashion, with their heads shooting through the moon and planets for some reason.
Take the lunch gag, which I've seen people refer to as one of the best things in anime: The Loud one drops her bento hotdog during lunch, she dives after it to catch it with her chopsticks in slow motion, it bounces around in an exaggerated manner, this extends for a full minute, she catches it. ... That's the joke. ... And then For Something Completely Different, possibly not involving anyone from the main cast. However, where Monty Python was purposely bad in a very silly and tongue-in-cheek manner, Nichijou shows no attitude other than its being completely serious, and that's just...bad. Every episode has a specific, repeating structure, with specific, repeating go-nowhere scenes. Yet, even with this structure, it still manages to come off as being directionless, without any particular goal in mind.
Will this scene be funny? Your guess is as good as mine
In an episode of Nichijou, the school chums will do...something (I'm sorry, I'm in the middle of watching it and I can't recall much of anything that they do), and then we get a 10 second scene of a bakery shelf, and then a man is wearing a giant egg on his head promoting a food stand, and then two wrestlers are set for a match but one of them slips on a banana peel, and then the Professor and Nano do something amusing and light-hearted, and then the school chums say that they think hard-working upper-classmen are cool, and then someone is calmly riding a goat down a street, and then the bakery shelf is shown again with a few loaves taken away. ... ... ... And all of this is done with a totally straight delivery. We're supposed to laugh? Too often, it feels like we're being shown the punchline to a setup that we were not allowed to see. The only one who seems amused by anything that is happening is the Professor, and she's amused by just about everything, which is part of what makes her group fun to watch. The rest of the show is a chore to get through. It feels like watching paint dry. Come to think of it, was that a segment on the show at one point? Naahh, they couldn't have taken it that far. Could they?
Unlike the "wtf?" opening episodes of Haruhi and Lucky Star, which are subsequently expounded upon, every episode of Nichijou is just like every other episode: Completely pointless. I must admit, beginning in episode 14, they did take a shot at maintaining a coherent thought from scene to scene and episode to episode--this was the ultimate highlight of the show, when the over-the-top reactions took on a context and became actually funny--but after only a few episodes of that, they seemingly threw up their hands, decided it was too much work, and went back to the random nonsense.
In short: I was not entertained.
Why didn't I stop? Partly because I like to finish things, and avoid the "if only you'd watched until x" sentiment. Partly because it's Kyoto Animation, and I thought that they must be able to pull off another great slice-of-life show like I had loved in the past. Partly because of the Professor, Nano, and Sakamoto, however briefly they may be around.
The true stars of Nichijou
To the production side of things, Nichijou certainly does have a unique look. Kyoto Animation maintains their status as a creator of quality technical animation. The endless slow-motion and/or explosive reactions are interesting to observe, with fluid animation and lots of detail and variety. You can tell they didn't skimp in this department, which makes the painful lack of humor all the more unfortunate. The VAs all perform their roles admirably, with what material they're given. As I mentioned before, the Professor's crew is a joy to watch (give them their own show!), and the VA performance is a big part of that! The music provides a few notable themes that punctuate the episodes--along with a couple horrifically grating opening songs--and it generally compliments the animation well.
If you want to know if you'll like Nichijou, all you have to do is watch the first episode. What it is there, it is til the end. The humor never steps it up. The characters never learn anything. We never learn anything about the characters. Nothing happens. I wish I had watched something else.
Mi Inglish Is Tirrible but I'm trying my best, so my apologies if there is any error, I should fix them as soon as I notice them.
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Oh well, this is story completely based on characters since the name itself means everyday life or something like that. So the show throws you a lot of character and show you their lifes... so pretty much a massive slice of life but they fail it on make it massive. Normally a slice of life consist on experiences, this was more like cutting all the comics you find on the newspaper and pasting them on a book getting as a result a combination of garfield, snoopy, calvin and hobbes and more, and you say, hey this is funny (or not) but nothing more. All of this made the first 12 episodes pretty bad since there wasn't any connection between the characters and everything was just completely random with no development at all.
Then, on the 13 episode,they finally decide at less a little bit of interaction between the different groups and also a litle bit of development, this got better and funnier as well, but they keep DOING THE SAME THING (most of the time) so this show that was based on characters didn't bother to develop them as they should, they just throw you moeish stereotypes (as is expected from Kyoto Animation.).
Have to add that it has a pretty cute message that despite of being tarnish by the lame character development, it still glitters as it manage to show you a tiny society full of citizens that are in their own way important among all the different personalities.
Nothing really amazed me about the animation (except the glorious second ending) but that doesn't mean the animation isn't good, is totally the opposite, as it is also expected by Kyoto Animation. At first look it seems to be simplish and average just as any other comedy could be done, but it isn't. It is full of details that are all well-made, and if this isn't much, they manage to play with tons of styles without getting out of the default one.
Characters desing aren't the best but they sure are memorable and non-generic. As well as the animation really favor the personality of each individual. Without this, the anime would be just terrible since this is what gaves more flavor to the characters.
And can't forget to talk about the wonderfull ending, one of the best ones I have ever seen, like Where is Waldo? but instead is like a where is Sakamoto? (seriously I can't find it yet) The cool thing is that this portrayed the concept of the show at it best, a tiny society where everyone is important despite of how meaningless they seem. Few anime succed at giving you such complete athmosphere of the show on an opening, and fewer in and ending which I usually skip.
Music was very well done, it was subtle orchestrated sometimes, other times it was weird (helvetica standard) and never felt off or crappy, as well the sound effects were always fitting to the feeling of the anime, there was just one thing that makes sound, bad.
VOICES! they were good... until they start screaming, crying or whining like old women on a weird version of Higurashi, this didn't bother me the first times, it even made me laugh sometimes, but it happened so often that it start to drive me mad everytime this happened, and don't forget the moeish "cute" insecure characters that stammer all the time... this is just not my thing.
There is something I like to call self-extravagance, the thing that even when you are similar to others makes you different, this show has this but it is 90% comic relief and 10% actual character development, so the characters are memorable just because the jokes and character design. So this starts with moeish and doesn't get to a further level, which is weird since Kyoto Animation have done both. I'm going to give some descriptions and if you have watched the show you are going to recognize who I am talking about and remember a lot of how he/she is outside the stereotype: A man who does everything to save energy and is good at resolving cases, a crazy bitch who creates a club for aliens, time travelers etc..., a relaxed hardcore otaku school girl who has become an idol of the otaku stereotype, an insecure and phisical weak girl who tries her best to open a drama club. See, they have done both.
Have to give credit since not all the characters are that bad in here, there is a trio who have a nice bit of self-extravagance, they are the Shinonome Laboratory Crew. Bravo Robot girl who wants to be normal and go to school (the star) and takes care of his creator as her little sister who is a childish doctor girl, and don't forget the talking cat who think he is the parental figure of the house but fails on this.
There is a reason they didn't bother to develop characters, there are some sections that didn't have effect at all, like some random phrases they said while something happened behind (that never made me laugh), or random animations named helvetica standard (okay I admit it, I like many of them) and many funny jokes like lucky star with around 15 character who barely have relation until further in the show, where there wasn't much difference, also the transitions sometimes were boring scenes of places, some random things, moeish dances of Nano and the professor sometimes combined with a rock, scissors, paper game... and some rope jumping. Soooo, they didn't give a damn about anything but entertainment, it would really be dissapointing if they fail at this when this was their objective.
So... did they fail? sometimes they did, sometimes they were pure win. Sometimes you were bored and sometimes you were entertained even when you were watching a doctor girl wanting candies. So it was worth it at less, but not something I would rewatch, cause it really was a hit or miss most of the time.
If you really like Moe, you are going to like this very much, I'm sure of this.