If I had to describe Nichijou in a single word, it would be “beautiful.” As a slice of life genre, this anime cannot be for everyone, as most people like to have a story that is really driven by the plot. But even if you are not into slice of life anime, there is an aspect in Nichijou fits for everyone.
Yet the title itself is called “My Ordinary Life”, but the characters lives are never in ordinary state. As we knew that most of our life filled with boring things: works, school, eat, drink, sleep, back to work, etc. This anime shows us about how crazy and amusing the “real” ordinary life is. Some scenes also shows us about the daily lifestyle and traditional game but it’s brought in humor way.
So, this Nichijou review includes:
- What is Nichijou Anime?
- Nichijou Anime Review
- Nichijou Manga Review
There are also some scenes that show us about how ordinary the anime’s life is. For example, you will see supporting characters are wandering around while the main characters are talking to each other, or also some characters are trying to speak in Indonesia or Malay language along with several humorous scents. So, what is this…
Nichijou, or also known as “My Ordinary Life” in English is an anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation which based on the Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Keiichi Arawi. The series was broadcast on TV Aichi, Tokyo MX, and several other TV stations in Japan between April 3 and September 25, 2011. Funimation is licensed the series for North America and released the anime on Blu-ray and DVD in February 7, 2017.
The manga itself began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten‘s Monthly Shounen Ace and also in Comptiq starting from March 2007 to July 2008. Kadokawa Shoten later released 10 tankoubon volume between July 2007 and December 2015.
There is also visual novel game for Playstation Portable titled “Nichijou: Uchuujin” developed by Vridge and released solely in Japan on July 28, 2011 by Kadokawa Shoten as its publisher.
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Nichijou Anime Review
Nichijou: My Ordinary Life Blu-ray (Complete Series
February 7, 2017
Synopsis: Nichijou mostly focuses on the daily lives of a trio of high school girls: Naganohara Mio, Aioi Yuuko, and Minakami Mai whose stories shortly intertwine with the loli genius Shinonome Hakase, her robot caretaker Nano and their talking cat Sakamoto. With every passing normal day, the lives of these six, as well as of the many people around them, encounter both the peaceful normal life and the madness of the absurd.
Storyline: Every single episode can be a series of semi-random in each of the characters’ activities. As much as an actual storyline moves, there is no specific beginning or ending to this show. You won’t find real conflict as to be anticipated of a slice of life. But there are many certainly beautiful moments that do improve the plot, which is element of why is Nichijou so special as a slice of life.
Artwork: The artwork picks it’s palette really sparingly, with a result that’s both dazzling but easy on the eyes. The background itself looks so plain and simple and the characters design are moe type, but still with style from boring realism to crayon slapstick. You will also find that the background turns into a basic (ex: chase scene), but it’s not because the animation studio lacks of budget, but they just want to show you how the “slice of life comedy” anime looks like.
Characters: Each characters’ has their own personality which is the developments are rather slow. During the several times that the plot moves along, so do the characters. They grow and learn, they have troubles and they help each other. I personally getting attached to all of the characters along with the storyline goes.
Sound: Here’s where this show gained its elements from. The backsound really fits with the situation that makes every humor scenes funnier. While the opening theme (“Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi – C” by Hyadain) is kind of catchy. I love it.
Overall: (9/10) I love Nichijou. it is certainly wonderful in more ways than one. If you are a someone who love slice of life and comedy anime series, this anime definitely for you and I’m sure you will also like it.
Nichijou Manga Review
Nichijou volume 1 (English: March 29, 2016)
Although the title itself implies a story of simple and daily activities, everyday seishun school life, but the contents become more the opposite. The setting can be a peculiar school where you may see the principal battle a deer or a robot who hides a rollcake in her arm. However, you may still find normal stories, like building a card castle or taking a test you did not study for. The art style is cute but blends with action and extreme expressions sequences for shocking comedy bits.
Not very many manga have ever certainly made me laugh. A lesser number of have ever made me plan to re-read in between readings. Nichijou can be an exception to the previous statements. Nichijou is really visual gag comedy. There are numerous chapters that don’t even have words and really rely solely on visual gags. The artwork is wonderful and the English translation can be excellent, as the translator had to localize some things that are really to challenging, if not near difficult to get an analogue, of a word play gag to when converting Japanese to English.
Once again, the artwork is wonderful but nothing special. It does help though that it’s not terrific since this manga requires a simplistic art style from time to time. The humor itself can be enjoyed by many, and has an abundance of selection. Having truly in depth art style might confuse the reader with several factors, such as keeping a normalcy feels with the series.
The manga is a total work of art! It has several color pages provided as well, and all in all, it’s really a wonderful book. If you haven’t checked this out, I surely recommend it.