Just another day in My Ordinary Life
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to write anything up but I managed to finally cross My Ordinary Life / Nichijou off of my to-do list. It’s been a long time coming, especially considering how meme-friendly a lot of the content is over the internet. That being said, now that I’ve seen some of the random events (see: deer wrestling) in ‘context’, I can comfortably say that yes, the humor really is that random. But what else are you going to do with a comedy yonkoma?
Nichijou primarily follows two groups throughout the episodes: the Nano group and the highschool group. Nano is a robot that was built by and resides with a child professor. She looks and acts like a completely normal highschool girl other than the giant wind-up key attached to her back and other ‘features’ that were added to her design that even she does not know about (such as a CD player in her forehead or a corn kernel-gun planted in one of her arms). With the highschool group, the three friends Yuko, Mio and Mai live the usual comedy slice of life routine. Yuko is the genki girl, Mio is somewhat tsundere and Mai is the quiet girl with a twisted sense of humor and outwardly apathetic attitude and appearance. Somewhere near the middle of Nichijou’s 26 episode run, the two groups collide when Nano transfers to the local school, which heightens the hijinks and entertainment to an obscene degree, especially since Nano has the awkward task of trying to convince her classmates the she is definitely not a robot.
Nichijou lives at its own pace. Moreso than Minami-ke, Azumanga Daioh or any other yonkoma slice of life comedy I’ve ever read or watched. Put bluntly, this is the epitome of anime ‘stupid humor,’ and I ate it up like a Thanksgiving turkey. This comedy is extremely hit or miss, but if the humor meshes well with your personality, it’s going to be a blast. Some scenes tend to drag on, which I am normally not a fan of (Family Guy is a huge culprit here), but somehow the humor stays fast-paced and entertaining irregardless. The seiyuu cast, though composed of mostly newcomers and unknowns, does a phenomenal job delivering the fast and witty dialogue.
Another thing that really stands out is the art and animation quality. I don’t think I’ve seen a smoother, sleeker style this entire year, and the animation runs like silk. Really, it has to be seen to be believed. As typical of gag and spoof series, the art style will shift to meet appropriate parody requirements but overall you’ll be sucking down hours of moe. I don’t think there’s any way around that in most comedy series anyway.
This is definitely one of the funniest series I’ve ever seen. It’s right up there with Hayate no Gotoku, which says a lot. Pick it up if you can, since from what I’ve read the DVD sales were rather poor in Japan which was some bad juju since this thing obviously had very high production value. I’d hate for such good work to go unrewarded.
Character Ranking – My Ordinary Life
- Aioi Yuki
- Shinonome Nano
- Naganohara Mio
- Professor / Hakase
- Sakurai Izumi
- Annaka Haruna
- Minakami Mai