NichijouPosted: July 21, 2011
I was taking beam profiles at work on Monday when suddenly, I just had to watch the new opening of Nichijou. When I looked it up just now, I watched it six times before I could tear myself away from Youtube. That makes fifteen views today.
I managed to get through my entire Nichijou screenshot folder while looking for a header picture. I can vividly remember each scene/screenshot and I burst out laughing several times.
But enough of how much I like Nichijou. On to something more interesting: how much I LOVE Nichijou.
Nichijou is the first anime I’ve ever fanboyed over. While I can see why some people wouldn’t immediately love the comedy with all of their heart and soul, I can also see that this style of random humor is everything I’ve ever dreamed and hoped for in an anime. It’s Hayate getting a 3LDK, with an extra room to boot. It’s Sena going on to win the Super Bowl. It’s not as good as Mikoto showing up in real life. But hell, it’s up there.
If Eureka Seven is my all-time favorite anime and Welcome to the NHK is my anti-drug, then Nichijou is my idea of a fun time.
I’m in a love hotel on Saturday night with beautiful naked women all over me. W-Wait, what? it’s SATURDAY NIGHT? That’s when NICHIJOU SUBS COME OUT! I must have failed horribly at life to forget that NICHIJOU comes out on Saturday night!
I’m in a “important meeting” with my boss. He’s promoting me to CEO, and I just have to sign this pa- SHIT, IT’S SATURDAY-FUCKING-NIGHT and I’m at WORK? Signing some stupid useless scrap of paper? I’d better jump out the window, hijack a car, and run all the red lights until I get home!
I’m in the White House, shaking hands with the President. A nearby aide is holding two medals for my dedicated service to the country, humanity, and Nichijou. Huh? NICHIJOU? HOT DAMN, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT AND I’M NOT WATCHING NICHIJOU?
What’s even better is how Kyoto Animation is able to keep up such a high level of quality for so long. And yes, I do mean Kyoto Animation, the company that is making all of this possible. I read some of the manga earlier this week and although it is superb, the anime feels like an even better adaptation.
So yeah. I really love this show. Anime-wise, Nichijou is the best thing that’s happened to me in two years. I can’t recall a single airing anime that I’ve enjoyed so much. At 16/24 episodes, it’s #3 on my all-time favorite anime list and still clawing for #2.
And I know it’s going to get there.
P.S.: I can see how many fans of the manga would dislike the anime, though. Though the humor is still the same (the anime jokes are pulled from the manga, after all), the manga is -surprisingly – less random. Each chapter shows one scene with multiple gags. The humor is constant and consistent and overall it’s a lot more streamlined. The punchline-less moments the Nichijou anime has become [in]famous for aren’t present in the manga.
Yet it’s the combination of funny gags and punchline-less gags that makes the anime so memorable for me. In my opinion, animating Nichijou has been one hell of a job for KyoAni. I am much, much more than pleased with the result.