OtakuAnthony’s 2011 Spring Anime First Impressions: Nichijou/My Ordinary Life Episode 1

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Synopsis:

While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However, there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.

Thoughts:

On paper, the show feels just like everyone Slice of Life comedy out there.  You have a group of friends in a high school setting.  The girls have some moe elements to them, and there is not much in terms of plot.  Based off a 4-koma manga it has that feel to it.  Given what we are presented with this would seem as just another run of the mill show.  In some ways you could say that, but this comes off a bit different than the run of the mill show.  The jokes are hit and miss, but the humor that does hit is funny.  It is not the standard moe types jokes of a cute girl doing something cute, then stumbles for laughs.

The character designs are basic and nothing to write home about everything else is drawn well.  KyoAni (Kyoto Animation) put great effort into the animation and it is looks good.  It is consistent across the board, and the animation overall is in the higher quality than what you may expect.

While Nichijou may not win the most originality award, the jokes given along with the quality animation do give Nichijou an edge in the sea of Slice of Life moe shows out there.

Score 3 out of 5

Ninchijou/My Ordinary Life is currently available at Crunchyroll

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