Nichijou ~ Review
“Nothing can compare to the outrageous insanity of this series!”
“Oh great, another slice-of-life anime review. Really Anime Man? Really?”. Yes, really. I’ll do whatever kind of anime review that I fancy. If I’ve seen it, I will review it. And this series also just so happens to be one of my favourite anime series. It’s amazing how many people fail to realise that the simple slice-of-life anime series can be funnier than any other kind of series. Because frankly, they are missing out big time. So if you want some of the funniest content in all of anime, then listen up. Because this series is the show for you.
Nichijou revolves around the lives of three school girls – Mai, Yuko and Mio (shown above in that order from left to right) – who are best friends living out their ordinary lives (or their “nichijou’s”). However, within their ordinary lives are many kinds of people also living out their ordinary lives. The series basically outlines the many happenings and events that occur within the characters lives.
Although lacking in story, it’s use of absurdist elements, animation and amount of characters creates some of the funniest scenes ever seen in anime.
From reading only the synopsis, you might think that this show would turn out to be the most boring thing in the world. Well, this is where you are very, very wrong. It is very easy to compare this series with such other classics as Lucky Star and The Daily Lives of High School Boys; although there is no obvious plot or development in story, it is still a very amusing and cleverly put together show. Nichijou is no different; in fact, it contains (personally) some of the funniest material that I have ever watched in anime.
There are many known voice actors that assist in making this show what it is; such voice actors as Mariko Honda (voiced such characters as Kurimu from Seitokai no Ichizon and Kaya from Omamori Himari), Hiromi Konno (voiced such characters as Sae from Amagami and Kogami Akira from Lucky Star) and Minoru Shiraishi (voiced such characters as Taniguchi from The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi and himself in Lucky Star). The quality of animation is well known in this series; Kyoto Animation doing a very fine job animating the series (they also did such iconic series as Lucky Star, Clannad and K-ON!).
I may have said this in some of my past reviews, but please. Give slice-of-life anime’s a go. Because I promise you that the synopsis is not everything; and you will most definitely enjoy slice-of-life anime’s. And this series is no different. In fact, I would rank this to be one of my many favouite anime series. So go on and watch this series, and laugh you ordinary lives off.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 9.5/10