Fragglepuss Anime Review 181: My Ordinary Life / Nichijou

My Ordinary Life / Nichijou

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Overall Silliness

First Aired: Spring 2011, 26 episodes

Summary: Naganohara, Yuuko Aioi and Mai Minakami are childhood friends that have been getting into trouble since they were little. Now they’re in high school and the shenanigans continue. Sometimes their stories cross paths with Hakase Shinonome, the child professor, and her human-like robot Nano with a wind up key protruding from of her back. Sakamoto, a talking cat, also lives with Hakase and Nano. Nobody knows what each day will bring. One day will be calm with little to remember except hanging out with friends, while the next involve the principal giving a deer a suplex.

I discovered Nichijou through an AMV contest at Anime Banzai. I was laughing and scratching my head thinking, “what is this anime and how come I’ve never seen it?”. It is over-the-top in the most anime of ways. The show reminds me of a “variety hour” type program with multiple short stories being told in a single episode. If you prefer you can watch the series in eight minute increments with the way the episodes are arranged. It’s fun to watch an episode here and there, especially when you need a break between episodes of a heavy drama like Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. The animation is simple but that’s not why you would watch this anime. The characters are fun and unique. The way they freak out makes the show worth watching. It’s good.

You might enjoy this if: You have a short attention span. You should also check it out if you want a peek into Japanese humor, which is what Nichijou is all about.

You might not like it if: You want to watch something that has more of an “Anime of the Year” type feel. Nichijou alternates between mundane and strange while lacking a continual narrative, meaning it’s not winning awards anytime soon.

Similar Series: Azumanga Daioh, Lucky Star, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Plastic Nee San, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Osomatsu-san

Note to the Viewer: The Nichijou anime series was written by Jukki Hanada, whose credits include shows such as: No Game No Life, Princess Jellyfish, Sound Euphonium, and Steins;Gate.

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