Anime Synopsis: Nichijou

Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 8:00 | Author : Ludovico
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It’s actually been a surprisingly good season of anime this Spring and I couldn’t let the opportunity slip by to mention just one more show, especially when it’s a charming but baffling gag show.

Nichijou is about… well… nothing really.  There’s some school girls, and a child scientist, and a goat, and Death, and an android who keeps losing body parts, and most of it doesn’t make a bit of sense!  But we’re not here for compelling stories (at least this time).  We want gags and Nichijou certainly delivers plenty of those.  I’ll not spoil any of their jokes here, since they’ll certainly do a better job than I would, but suffice to mention that the scene pictured above caps off a ridiculously epic action sequence.

The art is adorable in a Azumanga/Yotsuba kind of way and really helps to sell the humor, though even the teacher looks like she could pass for a 10 year old in a different show.  The main characters largely fall into the happy idiot archetype, but the large supporting cast may solve that issue over time.  There’s also little connection between the two main ‘plot threads’ – the school and lab – but these are all minor complaints for a show that so successfully pulls off such a distinctly Japanese brand of wacky comedy.

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