I watched Nichijou

Well, kids, it’s the second most important season of the year, and you know what that means: Kyoto Animation is back with something that the anime blogosphere are sure to get their striped panties in a bunch over.

So how was Nichijou?

  1. I recognize that this is a manga adaptation, but let’s let a horse be a horse: I liked it better when it was called Lucky Star. Which is to say, I see a lot of pacing, visual, and joke-delivery methods being recycled here.
  2. Is it supposed to be funny that Rebecca Miyamoto is a character here? Or is it a commentary on how reference-as-humor is not actually funny, and thus you simply reference a character from one of the ultimate reference-humor anime of all time, and point is made? I do not suspect such brilliance.
  3. I don’t get a lot of the jokes. But considering the jokes I do get aren’t funny, I’m not holding out hope that a Japanese cultural appreciation class would fix my problem. Also, as Cabrera noted on Twitter, the length of time it takes to get through only one 4koma means a lot of the jokes are long dead before the punchline appears.
  4. Two words: Azumanga Daioh.
  5. A lot of folks accused Lucky Star of having loli-fied character designs for the girls despite their being high school age. I was happy to defend those designs by just calling them cartoony. I suppose I could go that same way this time around, but the grating voice acting supports what Baka-Raptor would call “pedophilic character designs.”

It is a very good looking show, though, of course. But marveling over Kyoto Animation’s high level of quality just makes me want something of a little more substance for them, rather than yet another entry into the crowded and increasingly generic pool of high school girl “comedy” anime.

I’ll try another couple episodes, but if I don’t spend a significant portion of those episodes laughing, I’m probably done here.

Fuck these (11) Comments.

  1. Myssa Rei says:

    Also before anyone makes a mistake, Nichijou ISN’T a Yonkoma comic.

    It’s pretty much an absurdist comedy even in manga form though.

    • otou-san says:

      my mistake, thanks for the correction, but it honestly makes the point even stronger. There just isn’t a lot of substance to draw out these gags as long as they are.

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  3. schneider says:

    This show has a man going to school on a goat, pulled by some guy in a powdered wig. Won’t be asking for anything more.

    Also, I seem to have developed a clockwork key fetish overnight…

    • otou-san says:

      and he looks like the World God Only Knows kid!

      It really is absurdity like this that made me think I can keep going, but there has to be a balance between that and true “jokes” for me to really enjoy.

  4. I loved this episode, and the OVA episode that came out a few weeks ago, and more importantly, I loved the manga, which reaches girl-wrestling-reindeer-in-school levels of absurd. I like to consider it Azumanga Daioh meets Bobobo-bo bo-bobo, and now with a hint of Lucky Star for the anime adaption.

    I think what will bother me about the blogosphere coverage of this show is I’ll wind up reading a bunch of people noting the similarity to Lucky Star as a bad thing. With Lucky Star being one of my favorite shows of all time and this being different enough not to have to compete with it, I’m happy to have something like that.

    • otou-san says:

      Similarity to another show is never a bad thing in my book; there’s nothing truly new under the sun. But if it compares closely yet also unfavorably to something else, to the point where I feel like I would just be having a better time if I watched that anime again, I have to question whether to go on. At this point it’s too early to tell, but Azumanga charmed me from minute one, so it doesn’t look great for Nichijou.

  5. sadakups says:

    I’m just going to watch AzuDai instead and hope that KyoAni stops doing shit like this and fucking animate Full Metal Panic already.

    • otou-san says:

      LOL I wrote very nearly that same phrase and then erased it. I would so love to see more FMP from them — the serious or the silly.

      • sadakups says:

        I’ve been wondering myself why there hasn’t been any announcement of a new FMP season considering that the novels are done. Are there factors involved?

        Like FMP won’t sell as much as Lucky Star, Haruhi and K-ON? Fuck that shit.

        • otou-san says:

          Not sure what the numbers were for FMP; it did well over in the US but every book or blog tells a different story as to how much they care about the US market (truth is probably a lot but not enough to actually edit their output for it).

          Personally, even another season of Haruhi that’s only as good as the second would be preferable because at least I can’t name >9000 other series with the exact same setup.