Inkling Anime Review: Nichijou

Nichijou is a very fascinating, unique, and distinctive anime in the slice of life genre; which is one that I normally find to be utterly dull and monotonous. This show is almost entirely driven by absurd forms of comedy, but the humorous scenarios played out within each episode is delivered in a very buoyant and jovial manner. If I had to say what other shows Nichijou reminds me of, I’d probably say Azumanga Daioh and Lucky☆Star. The similarities that each of these three share is that the character designs in these shows have moe characteristics when it comes to aesthetical appearance (they all look so darn cute). Another common trait is that the comedic moments can sometimes happen in a very fast and breakneck pace, which does make it hard to follow at times since you can only read subtitles so fast. But this is only a tiny nitpick since you can always rewind a joke if it goes over your head or didn’t catch all of it.

One of the qualities of Nichijou that will immediately strike you with awe as a viewer is the consistent and exceptional production value. The amount of fluidity and nuanced variation in how the characters move around and express themselves in many of the scenes is incredibly remarkable since most comedic anime shows (at least the ones I’ve seen) have a tendency to appear stiff or unashamedly reuse frames from past episodes as a cost-cutting maneuver. Also, the amount of intricate details in the drawn environments and landscapes in every situation of this show is something that you’d normally expect to see from a high-budget movie production. It is definitely a work of art that makes you appreciate all the minute idiosyncrasies of animation, and something that KyoAni should be proud of.

Nichijou – Mio Loses It. Dir. Rahken Rahk. Youtube. Youtube, 18 Mar. 2012. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

As for the story… Nichijou doesn’t really follow a conventional narrative arc in terms of structure; there is no distinctive beginning, middle, or end. Each episode follows the adventures and hijinks of Yuuko, Mio and Mai, and also the other students in the high-school that they attend, and those that live around them who get introduced later on in the series. Besides that, this show mainly runs on brief spurts of scatterbrained randomness, and absolute hilarity.

Probably the thing that drew me to Nichijou in the first place was the OP. It sounds endearing, melodious, and is visually-striking as well. What I loved about it was that it perfectly captured the slightly erratic yet lighthearted vibe and ambience of the show. One of my pet peeves with some OP songs in a couple of the anime shows that I’ve watched in the past is how it gives off a way different impression of the show that you’re actually watching, but the OP for this anime fits perfectly and didn’t feel misleading.

Nichijou Op. Dir. Nack256. Youtube. Youtube, 2 Apr. 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

When I mentioned earlier in the review how Nichijou doesn’t have much of a story, this might’ve have raised a red flag in your heads since that is normally what you’d expect in works of any medium. But despite that, each of the characters in this anime are well-developed and bursting with life even when the things that they’re doing are strangely mundane or leave you scratching your head in complete bewilderment. The show is structured with very succinct vignettes, that means in each given episode, you’ll follow multiple (but brief) different storylines separately. For instance, you’ll follow Yuuko, Mio and Mai, 3 close school friends and their lively and slapdash adventures, just as a way to soak in that particular moment. Then you’ll meet a tsundere girl named, Misato Tachibana, and her awkward conversations with Koujirou, who she (obviously) happens to have a crush on, yet tries to repeatedly suppress those feelings of love and tenderness towards him. There are so many other varied and well-written characters within this anime, so you’ll be constantly engrossed and delighted despite the spontaneity of the swift pacing.

Nichijou – Nyaa. Dir. Tidus32rus. Youtube. Youtube, 31 July 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

All in all, Nichijou is an anime show that I’d highly recommend even if you normally avoid the slice of life genre. I can’t think of any other comedy-related anime shows that have made me laugh hysterically as much as this one. If you are looking for a show that’ll leave you constantly gasping for air due to constant and nonsensical amusement, this is the show for you. Now excuse me while I pray to the Based God in hopes that KyoAni will one day release a second season, or at least make an English dub where MC Ride, the vocalist of Death Grips, is the voice of Sakamoto the cat.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear what you guys thought of Nichijou if you’ve seen it as well. Have an inky day, fellow squid kids. Stay fresh!

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