Nichijou Episode 4
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Series Premise: Nichijou, or “My Ordinary Life”, is a weekly anime television series that started in April 2011, based on a comedy manga series by Keiichi Arawi. The story follows the everyday life and adventures of a few first-year high school students and the people around them, including an underage professor and her robotic maid, a goat-riding student and his butler, and other quirky characters.
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ep. tl;dr review: Mai is the ultimate troll to Yuuko; That’s Mr. Sakamoto to you, show some respec…ooh, look, shiny!
Episode Summary: The school’s guidance counselor tries to “man up” and enforce the morals…without much success. The Professor and Nano go shopping, and Nano makes an impulse buy of a snowman. Mai trolls Yuuko during an exam. Mr. Sakamoto tries to assert his authority, but his cat tendencies get the best of him. Mai continues trolling Yuuko after school.
My Impressions: Nichijou is often compared to Azumanga Daioh, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the exact opposite Azumanga Daioh (which was *just* added to Hulu Plus, by the way) is all about a group of normal, everyday high school students going about their daily life. Nichijou, on the other hand, is a collection of some of the most oddball characters caught up in the most nonsensical of situations, masquerading of “everyday life”. While the title may mean “My Ordinary Life”, this is anything but. A farmer boy riding a goat with a butler? The unfortunate mohawk boy? A mad scientist little girl and her robot with a big wind-up key? The haughty talking cat? Yeah, not exactly what you run across every day. Not even in Japan.
And if you didn’t pick up on it before, Mai has been trolling Yuuko hard this entire time…but Yuuko is just to blissfully ignorant to realize it. The exam classroom antics (replete with skullcap) were pretty over-the-top, but it was the slip-the-knife-between-the-ribs-without-even-realizing-it slyness of her verbal prickling later that takes the cake. Is she being serious? Or is she being dryly sarcastic? Turns out she’s poking fun at Yuuko’s lack of understanding, giving her enough rope to hang herself with her own words again…and again…and again. It’s a subtle form of humor you don’t run across much in anime.
Oh, and a snowman on the shelf at the supermarket? Only 98 yen? WHAT A STEAL! I wish they were that cheap here in America!
The verdict: – More hits and misses, although I get the distinct impression that if I was more steeped in Japanese culture this might be HILARIOUS.
- My earlier reviews:
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Seriously though, Yuuko and Mai would make the perfect comedy duo. Combining Yuuko’s stupidity with Mai’s sincere attempts to literally blow your mind away make for some of the funniest school jokes I’ve ever seen. That last skit between the two had me a little confused at first, but after I sat and watched it a few times the humor of it started to rub off on me. In the end it really makes me question just what kind of relationship Yuuko and Mai share. I don’t know about you but I’d avoid getting on Mai’s bad side at all costs. ” – Random Curiosity
- “Now for Mai, holy crap, does she enjoy messing with Aioi?! It’s so damn funny to watch the quiet girl trick the other. Makes me wonder what Mai even does at school? She does have lots of free time to draw, probably has a notebook full of ways to trick Aioi. ” – Metanorn
- “Sometimes Nichijou amuses me, but this episode seemed kinda boring. I liked the cat jokes, but it was all pretty predictable stuff. I don’t understand why Sakamoto cares about respect; my one cat doesn’t even give a second thought to plopping in front of someone and licking his crotch for 10 minutes.” – Sea Slugs!
- “Another week, another twenty minutes of me staring at an episode of Nichijou wondering whether I’m genuinely supposed to be laughing at this stuff. I’m honestly not too sure what to write about the series any more – even in terms of an episode synopsis there isn’t really a lot to discuss other than “some random stuff happens which is clearly supposed to be hilarious but entirely fails to live up to that billing”.” – Hanners’ Anime Blog
ROUND FOUR RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Four: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Nichijou
Thumbs-down for Round Four: None yet.
Coming up next (in this order): Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono